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 Last update:  1/30/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Stiverne: Im Getting Ready for a Different Chris Arreola
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by David P. Greisman

Nine months ago, Bermane Stiverne dropped Chris Arreola early and went on to beat him by unanimous decision. Now they are getting ready to face each other again, this time in a bout being contested for a vacant heavyweight world title.

Stiverne spoke with BoxingScenes David Greisman and Kelsey McCarson of The Boxing Channel on Jan. 26 about the upcoming bout.

Q: You fought Chris Arreola once and beat him. Now youve got to fight him again for a heavyweight title. What do you think about that?

Stiverne: Im just happy to fight for the title. Im happy to be able to put my hands on it, so at this point its only a matter of one fight. Im ready. I stayed ready. So when the date comes, Ill be able to actually go and do my thing and perform and win the fight.

Q: How confident are you going into the next fight? You handled Arreola the first time. Do you expect a similar game plan for him, or do you expect something different?

Stiverne: I dont care about the first fight. Im not looking I wont be looking at the first fight. To me, Im going in the ring fighting Arreola for the first time. Like I said, Im not relying on anything I did in the first fight. This is a totally different fight for me.

Q: If you win this fight, is Wladimir Klitschko an opponent you think about in the near term?

Stiverne: Of course it is. But I got Arreola in the way, so my focus is on that right now.

Q: How has your life changed as a fighter since the Arreola win?

Stiverne: My life didnt change. To me, Im still the same guy. I suppose after this fight I had a bit more attention or visibility.

Q: Youve been waiting for a title shot for quite some time. How does it feel to finally have this fight be for the heavyweight title?

Stiverne: Great. I feel great. I feel great, man. Ive been waiting for so long. I always said good things happen to the ones who wait. Its happening right now. Im just waiting on a date right now. Ive been in camp for the past two or three months.

Q: I know you said youre treating this as if its the first time youre facing Arreola, but you are familiar with him. You know how you can handle his power, but you also know you can hurt him.

Stiverne: Right, but like I said, the first fight is in the past and Im not going into this fight as if I hurt him or I beat him or whatever. This is a brand new fight for me. Im getting ready for a different Arreola or the unexpected. Whatever he brings to the table, Ill handle that.

Q: But you expect to still be able to hurt him this time and drop him.

Stiverne: Ill knock him out. Thats the only thing thats going to be different. Like I said, this is a brand new fight to me. I just cant wait to get it done.

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Tags: Chris Arreola , Bermane Stiverne , Arreola-Stiverne , Arreola vs Stiverne


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comment by PunchyPotorff, on 02-01-2014
Arreola will be more relentless this time, but it could just get him clocked again like the last time. All respect to him if he gets past Stiverne... but in reality land I just don't see it happening. Stiverne fights Wlad, which will likely go Wlad's way, and Arreola, while not really a gatekeepe...

comment by just the facts, on 01-30-2014
[QUOTE=Jack Napier]what's he expect to be different? Arreola isn't gonna change his style, he is who he is and he'll never be a guy who comes in the ring in tip top shape when he's looked "good" he just hasn't looked as fat Stiverne should train and fight just how he did the last time it was...

comment by kafkod, on 01-30-2014
[QUOTE=andrewa1]You're horrible in terms of evaluating a boxer's place in history, but I'll give you that you can usually evaluate individual fights fairly well. I agree with this analysis, if Arreola can get past Stiverne, he's the only fighter who could pose a somewhat realistic chance of upse...

comment by TwistedChimp, on 01-30-2014
[QUOTE=Mooshashi]Lots of excuses on both sides. Arreola was Bronerized last time they fought; all things being equal the same thing will happen. GTFO with "Arreola can upset Wlad"....upset his stomach maybe but that's it.[/QUOTE] Bronerize?! Are you kidding me? He did get outboxed and fought...

comment by Mooshashi, on 01-30-2014
Lots of excuses on both sides. Arreola was Bronerized last time they fought; all things being equal the same thing will happen. GTFO with "Arreola can upset Wlad"....upset his stomach maybe but that's it.

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