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Arreola: I Would Rather Fight Wladimir Next, Not Vitali

By Keith Idec

Cristobal Arreola remains as the WBC’s No. 1 contender to Vitali Klitschko after demolishing Eric Molina on Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas.

If he has a choice, though, Arreola would rather challenge Wladimir Klitschko than take a rematch with Wladimir’s older brother.

“Honestly, I would rather fight Wladimir,” Arreola said. “He’s a better boxer and he’s a better technician, but there’s something about Wladimir that I don’t like. I respect him. He’s a great fighter, but he rubs me the wrong way. There’s something about him. I believe it’s because after I fought his brother he was out there joking around with my little brother, messing around with him, and I didn’t like that very much.”

Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) was undefeated before Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) dominated him throughout their 10-round fight in September 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Vitali Klitschko said on a conference call that he would welcome a rematch with Arreola.

More committed to training and busier than he once was, the Riverside, Calif., native has weighed 240½ pounds or less for each of his last four fights. He also has won seven straight fights, five by knockout, since Poland’s Tomasz Adamek beat him by majority decision in a 12-rounder almost two years ago.

“I’m much more prepared, especially mentally,” Arreola said. “I don’t take one thing for granted. I just recently watched the video of that fight [against Vitali Klitschko], and just watching the beginning of it, the walking out [to the ring] and remembering how electric it was in that building, I didn’t soak it in until it was too late.

“I didn’t understand the magnitude of the fight, but now I understand what it’s going to take and how to come prepared. It made me hungrier. I love that spotlight. I love that. That’s where I belong, and the fact that I got that taste of it and that I fell flat on my face, because he beat the sh*t out of me in that fight, it motivates me.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by supRa on 02-20-2012

arreola you will get your ass whooped AGAIN. sorry

Comment by juelzboxing on 02-20-2012

He needs an experienced trainer that can actually discipline him. Henry is his homie but I really believe he needs someone with the experience to take him to the next level. Dan and Al should protect their investment and advise…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 02-19-2012

He says all the right things but never properly acts on his words.

Comment by Corelone on 02-19-2012

Arreola hasn't lived the part, you have to sacrifice through out a career, not just at fight time. You can't go hog wild with your weight in between fights, or drink and smoke simply because you're not in training. He…

Comment by Aperion on 02-19-2012

[QUOTE=EveryDayDrew;11799748]I understand him wanting to stay active and fight as much as he could but fighting journeymen doesn't prepare him for either Wlad or Vitali...Maybe if he was fighting tall boxers with good jabs...But he wasn't...So what would make one…

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