By Ryan Burton
Henry Ramirez, Chris Arreola's trainer talks about Chris' knockout victory over Brian Minto last week in Atlantic City. Ramirez talks about the reasoning of getting Arreola back in the ring so soon when we can expect to see the Mexican American heavyweight back in action in this BoxingScene.com exclusive interview.
BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on Chris' performance December 5th?
Henry Ramirez: It was typical. We were happy to get back in the ring right away. Some people were questioning us but we felt comfortable coming back that soon.
BoxingScene.com: Were you surprised at the amount of shots Brian Minto took before finally going down?
Henry Ramirez: No. Minto is a tough kid. Minto is a rugged guy. He had never been stopped before. I had seen a couple of his fights especially when he fought (Luan) Krasniqi over in Germany so that didn't surprise me at all.
BoxingScene.com: What exactly went down with Tony Thompson after the fight? Is that a fight you guys want to pursue?
Henry Ramirez: You know the funny thing was it really wasn't so much between Tony Thompson and Chris. Thompson made a comment about wanting to fight Chris and Chris took exception to it. It was more between people from Thompson's camp and Chris than it was between Tony and Chris. If it is something that makes sense financially and it is something that Dan (Goosen) and Al (Haymon) want to put together we wouldn't be opposed to it.
BoxingScene.com: Is there a target date for Chris' next fight?
Henry Ramirez: It looks like it will be in March. It will be in March on HBO possibly here in Southern California.
BoxingScene.com: That would be nice. For the fight against Vitali a nice crowd showed up to Staples.
Henry Ramirez: It was a great crowd. A lot of people lead you to believe it was because of Kltischko but I think we know who the crowd was for.
BoxingScene.com: I was ringside and I think you had about 20 Arreola fans for every Klitschko fan.
Henry Ramirez: Yeah, you are right (laughing).
BoxingScene.com: Starting off the year in March sets up Cris where he can get three fights in next year. Is that the plan?
Henry Ramirez: I am hoping for that. We will be focusing on March and see what comes our way after that. I don't want to look to far ahead. Ideally we will fight three or four times next year but we will see what plays out in March and we will go from there.
BoxingScene.com: Tony Thompson aside, is there anyone you guys want to fight in particular?
Henry Ramirez: I haven't heard any names specifically. I know all the champions seem to be pre-occupied with mandatories and what ever else they have going on. Wladmir is fighting Eddie Chambers. Eddie is finally getting a well deserved title shot. David Haye is fighting a mandatory against John Ruiz so I think we will look to stay active against some pretty credible names.
BoxingScene.com: I assume you prefer Chris fighting at home versus going to cold New Jersey?
Henry Ramirez: Actually I didn't mind New Jersey so much. To be honest there are a lot of distractions when you fight at home. You can imagine the distractions at home can be big. Don't get me wrong the support of the crowd at home and being close to home is great but it isn't without distractions. New Jersey was great. It was the first time we had been to Atlantic City. We had a great time. We were able to fight and enjoy the Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez fight. Chris received great fan reaction there and it was no where near the distractions of fighting at home.
BoxingScene.com: Do you think getting back in the ring so fast helps erase the taste of the Klitschko loss and help give Chris a clean slate going into 2010?
Henry Ramirez: You don't forget about because obviously you want to use it as a learning tool. The question I was asked most leading up to this fight is how was Chris mentally. There was never any doubt in my mind that he was prepared to fight. As soon as the opportunity came up for us to fight December 5th he was all for it. There was never any hesitation or any doubt that Chris would bounce back. Minto was the perfect guy for Chris to comeback against. Maybe there still is some doubt about Chris' mental state after the Klitschko loss but that is what we are looking to prove in the first fight of 2010. We want to prove he is ready to make another run at a world title.
BoxingScene.com: Do you have a message for the fans?
Henry Ramirez: Thanks for the continued support of Chris. He definitely is going to bounce back and is always looking to put on exciting fights for the fans in the seats and the viewers at home.
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