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Staredown at the beach

Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Cristobal Arreola demonstrated their skills for Southern California fight fans on Wednesday during free open workout at Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif. Klitschko hit the mitts with trainer Fritz Sdunek, shadow boxed and addressed the media and fans. Arreola jumped rope, posed and hit the mitts with trainer Henry Ramirez. The fighters also shook hands and faced off.

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“I enjoy this time. I enjoy this moment. I enjoy this moment by bringing my friends a title fight in Los Angeles. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager. This time everybody is saying, ‘sorry, we don’t believe you can do it.’ I will show my skills and punch in the ring on Saturday.

“This will be fight No. 3 at STAPLES Center and I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. I have a lot of friends here and Los Angeles has a huge boxing community. It’s the Goossens, the home of a lot of fighters. To be at STAPLES Center — for me, it’s the biggest arena and I’m ready to fight there.

“I’m always in shape. It’s never tough to get in shape. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs. I always, always maintain the fitness.”


“It’s going to be a changing of the guard. Very simple. The steel curtain is closed and now I own it. It’s gonna be my time.

“It’s not gonna go far; plain and simple It’s gonna be a knockout fight and it’s gonna be an exciting fight. It’s something in the heavyweight division the fans have been waiting a long time for.

“I’m gonna bring emotion as far as determination to win the title for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans to celebrate, and determination to keep the title out here in the United States. That’s my main goal.”

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