Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arreola Aims To Bring Heavyweight Title Back To U.S.

By Keith Idec

Chris Arreola can become the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a recognized heavyweight title if he avenges his decision defeat to Bermane Stiverne in their rematch Saturday night.

Making Mexican history is important to Arreola, but the American-born boxer is motivated to bring at least one of the heavyweight titles back to the United States as well. The 33-year-old Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., is well aware that an American hasn’t owned one of the sport’s four heavyweight titles since Brooklyn-born Shannon Briggs lost the WBO crown to Russia’s Sultan Ibragimov in June 2007.

“I’ve always dreamt about being a champion,” said Arreola, who’ll fight Stiverne for the vacant WBC title at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles (ESPN; 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). “I never thought I’d be a heavyweight, but I always dreamt about being a champion. Now that I’m a heavyweight, what an honor it would be. Not only that, I’d be bringing the title back to America. I’m a proud American, first and foremost. I want everybody to know that. My father [Agustin Arreola] and my mother [Lucy Rivera] came to the United States [from Mexico] so that when they had kids they’d have a better life, that they could live life the way you’re supposed to. I thank my parents for having me in America, because I love it.”

The 35-year-old Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), who out-boxed Arreola in their first fight a year ago in Ontario, Calif., has lived in Las Vegas for 10 years, but was born in Haiti and raised in Quebec.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=apocalypto;14536902]****ing pocho better not come out with the mexican flag. Andy ruiz will be the first mexican heavy weight champ mark my words. He has the skills and speed[/QUOTE] :lol1: He's nothing special either.

Comment by Corelone on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=Check;14536894]He is Mexican-American. What's wrong with that? Big Tits actually seems like he is more Americianized than Mexican anyways.[/QUOTE] Mexican American, as in, California and many of the western states were once a part of Mexico. Mexicans didn't come to…

Comment by Weebler I on 05-10-2014

lol Stiverne's taking that title back to Haiti (or Canuck-land), and then he's going to stop Wilder.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=Check;14536894]He is Mexican-American. What's wrong with that? Big Tits actually seems like he is more Americianized than Mexican anyways.[/QUOTE] Exactly. He is a product of both cultures and wants to honor them both. Nothing wrong with that. The guy calling…

Comment by LouIE G on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=apocalypto;14536902]****ing pocho better not come out with the mexican flag. Andy ruiz will be the first mexican heavy weight champ mark my words. He has the skills and speed[/QUOTE] Pocho? He knows spanish, and is hispanic wtf are you talking…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard LIVE Results From Aarhus, Denmark - Sherman Williams Wins Julius Indongo Destroys Eduard Troyanovsky in One - HUGE Upset Denis Shafikov vs. Richard Commey - CompuBox Punch Stats Maxim Vlasov Blasts Rakhim Chakhkiev in Wild Shootout Frank Warren: Eubank Jr is All Talk, Won't Sign To Face Saunders Denis Lebedev vs. Murat Gassiev - LIVE Results From Moscow Jessie Magdaleno: Manny Robles Should Be Trainer of The Year Jose Ramirez Ready To Travel, Challenge Ricky Burns in Scotland Juan Manuel Marquez Will Enter Camp in January, No Retirement Abel Sanchez To Saunders: Stop Talking, Call To Fight Golovkin Pazienza Understands Blackwell's Desire To Put Himself at Risk Frank Warren on Flanagan's Options, Saunders' Return, More Cecilia Braekhus vs. Klara Svensson Looms For January 28 Bellew: McGegor Just Wants UFC Shares, Mayweather Drills Him Video: Thomas Dulorme on Sparring Mayweather, Joining TMT McGregor: If Mayweather Runs, I Have Other Boxing Targets! Denis Lebedev-Murat Gassiev: Pre-Fight Report Card Video: Ellerbe Talks McGregor, Mayweather, Pedraza-Davis, More Abraham Lopez Decisions Sergio Lopez at LA Fight Club Jose Ramirez Stops Issouf Kinda in Six Rounds Dana White Baffled By McGregor's Move: He's Under Contract To Me Ashley Theophane Bounces Back, Decisions Yakubu Amidu Lebedev's Manager Explains Why NO WBA Title Shot For Gassiev Tevin Farmer Dominates Dardan Zenunaj in Showcase Conor McGregor on Malignaggi: Who The F*** is That Guy? Wilder Cleared To Train; Says He'll Fight "In February Or March" Ceferino Rodriguez Beats Mousaoui For EBU Belt, Malignaggi Next? Commey: I Clearly Won, Look at How Banged Up Shafikov Is! HBO, Showtime To Televise Shows Simultaneously on January 28 Tevin Farmer Thrilled With Getting Fourth Fight In 2016 Marquez: Andre Ward Adjusted, Fought Well - Kovalev Also Faded Joseph Adorno Pumped After Signing Deal With Top Rank Photos: Jorge Paez, Johnny Navarrete Ready For Los Mochis Scrap Photos: Mario Barrios Putting in Work For Ring Return Charles Conwell, 2016 United States Olympian, Turns Pro Roach: Gassiev is Dangerous Early - We'll Take Him Deep, Stop Him David Rodriguez Autobiography Generating Positive Press Deontay Wilder: Joshua vs. Molina Winner Will Eventually See Me Denis Shafikov Edges Richard Commey In Title Eliminator
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement