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Arreola Aims To Bring Heavyweight Title Back To U.S.

By Keith Idec

Chris Arreola can become the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a recognized heavyweight title if he avenges his decision defeat to Bermane Stiverne in their rematch Saturday night.

Making Mexican history is important to Arreola, but the American-born boxer is motivated to bring at least one of the heavyweight titles back to the United States as well. The 33-year-old Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., is well aware that an American hasn’t owned one of the sport’s four heavyweight titles since Brooklyn-born Shannon Briggs lost the WBO crown to Russia’s Sultan Ibragimov in June 2007.

“I’ve always dreamt about being a champion,” said Arreola, who’ll fight Stiverne for the vacant WBC title at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles (ESPN; 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). “I never thought I’d be a heavyweight, but I always dreamt about being a champion. Now that I’m a heavyweight, what an honor it would be. Not only that, I’d be bringing the title back to America. I’m a proud American, first and foremost. I want everybody to know that. My father [Agustin Arreola] and my mother [Lucy Rivera] came to the United States [from Mexico] so that when they had kids they’d have a better life, that they could live life the way you’re supposed to. I thank my parents for having me in America, because I love it.”

The 35-year-old Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), who out-boxed Arreola in their first fight a year ago in Ontario, Calif., has lived in Las Vegas for 10 years, but was born in Haiti and raised in Quebec.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=apocalypto;14536902]****ing pocho better not come out with the mexican flag. Andy ruiz will be the first mexican heavy weight champ mark my words. He has the skills and speed[/QUOTE] :lol1: He's nothing special either.

Comment by Corelone on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=Check;14536894]He is Mexican-American. What's wrong with that? Big Tits actually seems like he is more Americianized than Mexican anyways.[/QUOTE] Mexican American, as in, California and many of the western states were once a part of Mexico. Mexicans didn't come to…

Comment by Weebler I on 05-10-2014

lol Stiverne's taking that title back to Haiti (or Canuck-land), and then he's going to stop Wilder.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=Check;14536894]He is Mexican-American. What's wrong with that? Big Tits actually seems like he is more Americianized than Mexican anyways.[/QUOTE] Exactly. He is a product of both cultures and wants to honor them both. Nothing wrong with that. The guy calling…

Comment by LouIE G on 05-10-2014

[QUOTE=apocalypto;14536902]****ing pocho better not come out with the mexican flag. Andy ruiz will be the first mexican heavy weight champ mark my words. He has the skills and speed[/QUOTE] Pocho? He knows spanish, and is hispanic wtf are you talking…

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