By Luis Sandoval
Heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola was recently on BoxingScene.com’s official audio show The Boxing Lab to discuss his career and possible future opponents. There have been talks about a possible fight with WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for next year. That fight is at the top of Arreola’s list as he rather fight him than anyone else.
“I want [Wladimir] Klitschko, that’s who I want. That’s why this whole year I’ve been working hard and trying to get my name out there again and get that kind of shot,” said the Riverside native.
Arreola already fought one half of the Klitschko brothers when he faced older brother Vitali Klitschko at the Staples Center in 2009 as he lost a spirited fight that was stopped by his corner. If a Wladimir fight does not come to fruition, a fighter Arreola would want to fight would be a rematch with Tomasz Adamek. It’s a fight he’s been wanting for a while.
“Absolutely. I want my Adamek revenge. I absolutely want that fight so bad” said Arreola.
Their first fight took place in Chris’ backyard as they fought at the Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario. There’s a strong possibility a rematch would take place in Adamek’s hometown in New Jersey. When asked how he feels about having to possibly to go into hostile territory or even outside the country for any other number of possible fights, Chris more than welcomed it.
“A fight’s a fight. This is the way I feel: If doesn’t matter where it’s at. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter to me. All I need to do is get there 2 weeks before the fight and I’m straight”.
“I love the fans, I love my fans, I love their fans [but they] aren’t going to go in there and help him. My fans aren’t going to go in and help me. Yeah they’re going to cheer me on and stuff like that but honestly I’m going to be the only one in the ring. He’s going to be the only one that’s going to be in the ring”.
Arreola admits he didn’t train properly for his fight with Adamek and he paid a high price for it. It has long been a thorn in his side as he regrets letting that fight and opportunity slip away due to not being focused.
He’s vowed to change his ways and while he’s said that before, this time he’s actually proved it. Chris has fought a total of 5 times this year and has even fought off television. His main goal was to stay active and rebuild himself to get back into title contention.
“The main thing I learned is you get what you put out. Plain and simple. I loss to Adamek because I didn’t train hard enough to fight him. He beat me by training hard. I don’t believe he’s a better fighter than I am” said Arreola.
A big fight is on the horizon again for Arreola and we’ll see if he’s able to seize the opportunity this time.
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