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Arreola: "It's More Than Just Money For Me Right Now"

By CARLOS ARIAS

LOS ANGELES --- Chris Arreola is fighting for history when he gets his rematch against Bermane Stiverne for the vacant WBC heavyweight title on Saturday at USC's Galen Center on ESPN.

Arreola is trying to become the first Mexican-American or Mexican to win a heavyweight world title in boxing history.

"It's more than just money for me right now," Arreola said. "(For) me, it's history. (For) me, it's being in the books. (For) me, this fight is for people to talk about me later on after I'm dead. Hopefully, they'll be singing songs about me when I'm gone."

Arreola, who got knocked down and lost a unanimous decision to Stiverne in the first fight in April 2013, said he wants to inspire kids.

"That's a big thing, leaving a legacy and history behind," Arreola said, "and also being an inspiration for other kids. I don't care if they are boxers or doctors, but knowing if they want it that bad, they can be whatever the (expletive) they want to be. Sorry. Honestly, that's the truth, man.

"When kids look at me, I come from nothing. I come from sleeping in the living room. I slept on the couch, I slept on the floor, I slept under the table, I slept everywhere and have everything because I worked hard. I dedicated myself and this time I'm even more dedicated than I've ever been."

The Stiverne-Arreola fight will be televised on ESPN. That's right, not ESPN2 or ESPN3 or online, but ESPN proper.

"Everyone that has cable has ESPN, so that's a big blessing right there," Arreola said. "All the bars are going to be showing ESPN ... Buffalo Wild Wings, the Yard House, hopefully. Everyone is going to be drunk cheering for me, so might as well leave it all out there. I have to. And ESPN, the worldwide network, what a better place, right? I'm glad to be the heavyweight to put boxing in the forefront again where we belong on national TV. I remember when it used to be on ABC sports. I used to watch that all the time or whenever they showed it."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 05-08-2014

[QUOTE=Golovkin;14529239]That it will be my friend! Should be a very exciting "anything can happen at any moment" type of fight. I've been supporting Arreola for years now, I know he has it in him to pull it off. Will and…

Comment by Túpac Amaru III on 05-08-2014

For boxing's sake let's all hope that Arreola pulls it off. It won't be good for boxing for Don King to hold that W.B.C. title hostage. If Arreola wins we may get Arreola vs. Wilder, Arreola vs. Klitschko, or Arreola…

Comment by StrangerInTown on 05-08-2014

It's the moment of truth for Chris. I suspect that this particular story will have a victorious ending for Arreola.

Comment by Weltschmerz on 05-08-2014

[QUOTE=Golovkin;14529239]That it will be my friend! Should be a very exciting "anything can happen at any moment" type of fight. I've been supporting Arreola for years now, I know he has it in him to pull it off. Will and…

Comment by Golovkin on 05-08-2014

[QUOTE=Weltschmerz;14529193][RIGHT][/RIGHT] War bro, and thanks for the bet. My heart says Arreola, head says Stiverne. [B]It will be a HW war[/B], that's what boxing's about. YES!![/QUOTE] That it will be my friend! Should be a very exciting "anything can happen…

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