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Mexican stand-off between Stiverne-Arreola

By Dave Spencer

After walking into the lion’s den and coming away victorious, handlers of the WBC #1 ranked Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) are balking about a venturing to Mexico for a proposed rematch with Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) for the now vacant crown. “I don’t want to go to California, why would I want to go to Mexico?” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan told FightNews.

The proposed June bout between the number one and number two contenders who met last April with Stiverne winning a convincing 12 round decision now has Villahermosa, Mexico as a possible location.

“We’re going to have evaluate things,” said Estephan, “It’s not like us to back away from challenges, ever; we never have in the past. Will we now? We will have to take a smart decision, a business decision, there’s other fights out there for us, but we really want that belt.”

Mexico is being trumpeted as a possible location given California born Arreola’s Mexican heritage and the fact that WBC is centered in that country. Villahermosa has averaged less than one fight card per year over the last seven years but has seen names such as Deontay Wilder and Roberto Ortiz fight there within the last 12 months.

“Honestly I forget the name of the city,” said Estephan, “I checked it out on Wikipedia, it’s half a million population in the middle of nowhere. Originally when they said Mexico, I had envisioned a place like Cancun, but when I saw what it really is, I just said.wow.”

The event is a co-promotion between Don King and Dan Goosen.

“If it wasn’t a Mexican fighter, I’d go happily. We beat him in his home town the first time; I think it is time we get a break. We’re number one, HE’s number two, it should be where we want it to be. It would be huge for them to see a Mexican heavyweight fighting for the world championship for the first time in history; but it doesn’t mean we’re going. I’m going to have to sit down with my legal council and decide.”




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