By Ryan Burton
Chris Arreola made changes to his training camp for his September 7th fight against Seth Mitchell that will be televised by Showtime. Arreola normally trains at home in Southern California but decided to get away from the distractions of home and train for this fight in Arizona. The 32-year-old Mexican American spoke to us on BoxingScene Radio about his decision to move his camp.
"I went to Arizona because I can't trust myself. I can't put the blame on anyone else. I could always find a reason not to go to the gym. I could stop and see an oil change place and say hey I need an oil change and stay there," Arreola half jokingly stating while saying he isn't a fan of the desert. "I hate the heat. The heat is hotter than shit but I love boxing so I need to do it."
Arreola has made no secret of his dislike of Mitchell. We asked Arreola if his disdain stems from the fact that Mitchell played college football and took up boxing later in life.
"Absolutely," Arreola revealed. "It is like if I decided to just go and try out for the Raiders. It is not going to happen. I can't just train for a year and say I am going to go try out. This isn't a game. This is boxing. You can't just go out and do this. There are no timeouts."
If Arreola hurts Mitchell early in the fight he said he will go for the kill and try to finish him off. This is a do-or-die fight for both men and Arreola said there is no way that he will let Mitchell off the hook. In fact, he said that if he were to lose, he would have to think about a change of profession.
"Fuck no! I don't get paid by the round. Like I always say, I will try to get him out of there as fast as possible. That is another reason I am out here in Arizona. I can't give this guy any opportunities. If I were to lose this fight I would seriously contemplate retiring. I can't lose to a Seth Mitchell," Arreola told BoxingScene Radio.
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