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Steward: I Wanted Wladimir vs. Arreola, Not Mormeck

By David "Los Gatos" Rosenberg

Trainer Emanuel Steward appeared on a recent edition of "The Boxing Lab" - which is BoxingScene.com's official audio show, and discussed Wladimir Klitschko's scheduled defense of the WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles. Wladimir (53-6, 49KOs) will defend his titles against former cruiserweight king Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4-, 22KOs) on December 10th at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Steward said his boxer's options for December were very thing. The veteran trainer wanted Wladimir to face Chris Arreola (33-2, 28KOs), in the United States, but Arreola was not available until 2012. Steward met with Arreola's trainer, Henry Ramirez, during the Mayweather-Ortiz weekend in Las vegas, and they discussed the possibility of matching their boxers in 2012.

Arreola was stopped by Wladimir's older brother, Vitali Klitschko, in 2008.

"I would like to see Wladimir-Arreola] for two reasons. I spoke to Wladimir two days ago. He wants to fight in America badly, but he can't get any opponents. I mentioned that to Henry, and Henry told me that they want to wait until 2012 for the fight with Wladimir. That's been the case with nearly everyone. Even though he's the champion, nobody wants to fight him," Steward said.

"He has to end up fighting a Mormeck, and he said 'I don't want to fight a Mormeck but nobody wants to fight.' I want him to fight Arreola because he needs to get back in America to reconnect with the American fans and also I think Arreola has the size and the spirit to force Wladimir come out of his comfort zone. He's been beating everyone easy with just his left jab. Chris would make Wladimir fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by johnm is... on 10-12-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;11282578]Trainer Emanuel Steward appeared on a recent edition of "The Boxing Lab" - which is BoxingScene.com's official audio show, and discussed Wladimir Klitschko's scheduled defense of the WBO/IBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight titles. Wladimir (53-6, 49KOs) will defend his titles against former cruiserweight…

Comment by Money Shot on 10-12-2011

Hellenius Arreola is a fight I would like to see. As much as I admire Wlad, Helenius is more aggressive.

Comment by DTanc on 10-12-2011

[QUOTE=Freedom.;11282912]As Manny said in the article, [B][SIZE="3"]they tried to get Arreola[/SIZE][/B], but he said "not until next year" Mormeck is a last resort. They sent offers to Helenius, Povetkin, Dimitrenko, Fury and Arreola. It makes sense that Helenius and Fury…

Comment by DTanc on 10-12-2011

Bring on Robert Helenius!

Comment by Bushbaby on 10-12-2011

No heavyweight is gonna beat a Klitchko unless they dig to da body.

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