By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Emotions were running high at the final press conference for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight championship clash between Bermaine Stiverne and Cris Arreola on Thursday at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.
After a lengthy Don King introduction (with co-promoter Dan Goossen doing a slow burn next to him), the normally reserved Stiverne started slow, but then ripped into Arreola.
Bermaine Stiverne: Ain’t nobody gonna beat me. They can talk that talk. I don’t talk. I talk in the ring. I let the media talk, even when they talk sh!t, cause most of them never been in the ring. I’m done talking. I do my talking in the ring. I know Cris likes to talk so I’ll give him the mic so he can do what what he does best. Talking. I don’t have any excuses, and if you think for one minute that I couldn’t knock you out the last fight, you’re so wrong. What you didn’t know is that was the plan to whoop your a$$. Not to knock you out but to whoop you. This fight I’m going to drop you. You’re going to get up. I’m going to whoop you, then I’m going to knock you out. You can have that silly face you have right now, that don’t matter. You know what’s gonna happen. Make a show and look at me and sh!t. Stare at me. It don’t matter, cause in the ring I’m going to shut down that mouth of yours. This time ain’t no joke. I’m gonna take your head off!
Dan Goossen: Where the hell were we? Twilight Zone for the last hour? What did we just witness? You don’t talk? You did a little talking there Bermaine.
Cris Arreola: I ain’t scared of you. Nobody’s scared of you. Trust me bro. You’ll see this Saturday. I’m gonna keep coming. I’m gonna f–k this guy up. F–k this guy! Now he’s yapping. Before I had respect for him. He was a quiet dude, but now I’m gonna f–k you up. You’re gonna remember me dog. I promise you.