By Miguel Maravilla
Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) and Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) met with the media Saturday afternoon at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to hype their April 27 showdown on a special edition of HBO Boxing Before Dark. The bout will take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
“We respect each other but come fight time we will beat the shit out of each other. I feel with Bermaine’s skills and my skills it will be a Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield type of fight,” said Arreola.
Stiverne commented, “There is not much to say. Personally I am not much of a talker. I have been waiting for this a long time…I just want to get it done. I am frustrated but gracious if I have to wait a year. Chris is Chris, whatever he brings mine is better.”
Riverside’s Chris Arreola last fought over a year ago when he stopped Eric Molina in two rounds as he has had over a year of inactivity and is ready to step back in the ring.
“This past year sucks to be waiting especially after fighting five times the year before,” Arreola told Fightnews.com.
Both fighters are looking to make history as the winner will be the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title. “I want to be the first Mexican heavyweight to win a world title, he wants to be the first Haitian to win a heavyweight title. It will be a fight,” Arreola promised.
Arreola and Stiverne were scheduled to fight March 9 at the Hangar in Costa Mesa. However an injury suffered by Arreola postponed the fight to April 27. Now the two will finally meet as they look to bring light to the heavyweight division.
“As far as my style it all depends whatever happens in the ring. We have a good game plan but there is a way to execute,” Stiverne said.
“Styles make fights but the fact that he has fire and is motivated, that is scary. Expect combination punches and constant pressure. I know he has that Philly style so we will double up on the punches,” Arreola concluded.
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