Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Stiverne on Chris Arreola Win: This Was Personal To Me!

By Francisco Salazar

It was there for Chris Arreola. A victory over Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario would erase any previous demons about his losses and volt him to a possible world title opportunity against Vitali Klitschko.

However, someone forgot to give that memo to Stiverne, who came into Arreola’s backyard to not only win, but dominated the action.

Stiverne stuck to his game-plan and won a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision over Arreola. Stiverne won the opportunity to possibly face Klitschko for the WBC title.

Although Arreola was the favorite coming into the fight and was fighting near his hometown of Riverside, that did little to throw Stiverne off his game plan.

After it looked as though Arreola won the first two rounds of the fight, Stiverne swung the fight in his favor with a crushing right hand that dropped Arreola at the end of the third round.

Any offense Arreola tried to mount in the middle rounds was thwarted by a disciplined attack by Stiverne. Even a rally by Arreola rally at the beginning of the 12th round fell short as Stiverne hurt the popular Mexican-American to the body until the final bell sounded.

All three judges scored the bout in favor of Stiverne, 117-110, 117-110, and 118-109.

“This was personal to me and I felt I had something to prove to the people, including the media,” said Stiverne immediately after the fight. “I wanted to show I can box and that I wasn’t going to back down. I worked to hard for this.”

Stiverne admitted that he hurt his back in the third round, the same round when he knocked Arreola down.

Even as he was being interviewed, the stoic Stiverne seemed to break down his guard, smiling as he described what the victory meant to him.

“It means a lot to me and to Haiti (where he was born),” said Stiverne, who improves to 22-1-1, 20 KOs. “I boxed when I had to and I just kept touching him because I knew his nose was fragile. I think I did great.”

“I’ve been in camp for over nine months, since June 4th. Despite the postponements, I always kept my focus. I just kept saying to myself that if this didn’t work, I’ll stop boxing.”

Stiverne should be glad that his game plan worked and that he does not need to think about giving up boxing in the short term.

Don King, who promotes Stiverne, was proud of his fighter and explained that he would work to get the Haitian-born fighter, who lives in Miami, that opportunity to fight Klitschko.

“We came into Arreola’s hometown and we came to win,” said King, who caused a raucous at ringside when he got into a verbal confrontation with a female security official after the fight. “Bermane fought a perfect performance. It was a great fight. Now we want that fight with Klitschko.”

Arreola, who had won seven fights in a row prior to stepping in the ring with Stiverne, drops to 35-3, 30 KOs. He acknowledged after the fight he could not breathe because of blood seeping out of nose due to the punch that knocked him down at the end of the third round. The punch possible broke Arreola’s nose.

However, Arreola tipped his hat to Stiverne.

“It wasn’t my night,” said Arreola, who is promoted by Dan Goossen and advised by Al Haymon. “Even though I know I have the better jab, he executed his game plan better tonight. I congratulate him.”

Despite that the fact Arreola lost a fight which was not close, there are those who feel Arreola is still a legitimate heavyweight contender.

“Last night (Saturday) was a setback, but don’t count Chris out,” trainer Henry Ramirez tweeted on Sunday evening. Ramirez has trained Arreola throughout his professional career.

Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper. He could be reached at [email protected] or on twitter at Salazar_soccer

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by torchemup on 04-30-2013

Arreola and Team are all hacks . Nothing special

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-30-2013

I don't know what The Nip is talking about saying his jab is better than Stiverne's. WHAT jab? All he did all night was plod forward and get clipped right and left. This was more than a bad night, it…

Comment by Mayweatherducks on 04-29-2013

I'm not going to lie after that Stiverne Arreola fight I want to see him against a Klitschko lol. This would be a real heavyweight bout that the Klits will have to work for not another easy payday. That right…

Comment by kokingbill on 04-29-2013

Does anyone have a link for the fight? I wasn't able to watch it live...

Comment by FlatLine on 04-29-2013

Masterful performance against Arreola by Stiverne, it was a great display of boxing and sticking to a game plan. I'd love to see the Vitali fight BUT Stiverne will need to come in supreme shape against Vitali to give himself…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Jorge Paez Jr. Blasts Out Daniel Sandoval in Furious Fashion Abduqaxorov Blitzes Manyuchi, Captures WBC Silver at 147 Saunders To Golovkin: Do You Want To Fight? Put Up or Shut Up! Juho Haapoja decisions Leonardo Bruzzese to win EU title Mikey Garcia Wants Summer Unification Fight Against Linares Tyron Zeuge Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Over Ekpo Lawrence Okolie Blows Out Debut Opponent In 20 Seconds Jorge Linares Drops, Dominates Anthony Crolla To Repeat Jack Arnfield Beats Brian Rose In Battle Of Blackpool Linares vs. Crolla Rematch - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Katie Taylor Beats Koleva, Welborn Shocks Marcus Morrison Kovalev's Trainer Has Doubts That Ward Wants The Rematch Martin Ward Defeats Maxi Hughes, Retains British, WBC Regional Crolla: I Need To Drag Linares Into a Fight, Rough Him Up Hunter: I Told Amir Khan That Fighting Canelo Was Stupid, Crazy Investigation is Under Way After 17-Year-old Amateur Dies Jorge Linares 'Feels at Home' Fighting Crolla in The UK Crolla: I'll Prove A Lot of People Wrong in Linares Rematch Jorge Linares' Trainer Details Preparation For Crolla Rematch Jorge Linares-Anthony Crolla II: Pre-Fight Report Card Chavez: After I Win, If No Canelo Rematch Then I'll Face Golovkin Jacobs' Manager Questions Scoring of Golovkin-Jacobs Fight! David Haye Called In By BBBofC, Must Explain Bellew Threats Frank Warren Jabs Hearn: Talks Golovkin-Saunders, Crolla-Linares Eddie Hearn Passed On Michael Conlan Signing Loeffler: Too Much Money For Canelo-Golovkin Not To Happen Joshua, Bellew Are Backing Crolla To Get Revenge on Linares HBO's Kellerman Breaks Down Mayweather-McGregor Situation Martin Gethin Aims To Expose Experience Gaps in Jack Catterall Is GGG Losing Spunk or Was Jacobs as Crafty as He Appeared? Brace Yourself for the Real Possibility of Canelo-Lemieux in September Juan Manuel Marquez Could Name Date, Opponent Next Week Vasyl Lomachenko is Not Taking Jason Sosa Lightly Guillermo Rigondeaux's Adviser Explains Current Career Status Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui in Play For May 20 Loeffler Confirms Golovkin-Jacobs Did About 170K PPV Buys Photos: Nico Hernandez vs. Patrick Gutierrez - Official Weigh-In De La Hoya: Golovkin a Big Star? Why Does He Sell 100-200K on PPV? Photos: Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Francisco Contreras - Official Weigh-In Christopher Martin Shocks Daniel Franco, TKO in Three
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement