By Brent Matteo Alderson

Henry Ramirez, Chris Arreola’s trainer, informed over the weekend that a fight with Wladimir Klitschko is in the final stages of negotiations, “It’s a done deal.  Behind the scenes everything has been agreed upon, we just need to cross the T’s and dot the I’s before it goes public, but we’re excited about it. I got the final word today and it looks like May 16 is the date.”

The WBO/IBF Heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko (52-3) and Chris Arreola (26-0) is a highly anticipated matchup between two good punchers, but a number of observers have expressed considerable doubts about Arreola’s chances against the former 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist. 

Nigel Collins, the Editor and Chief of Ring Magazine stated “In terms of his prospects of winning the title, it doesn’t bold well for him that he was almost stopped in the first round and just stood there and took so many punches from a fighter like Travis Walker,” and another astute member of the boxing fraternity opined that “Arreola needs more seasoning, if they go after him now, they would be cashing out.” 

Ramirez doesn’t agree with that assessment, “You don’t turn down a title fight, you just don’t.  And do you think Chris will have a better chance against Klitschko in two years? Chris is motivated for this fight and he’s going to weigh between 235 to 240 and we’re coming to win it.  Chris is going after Wladimir, he’s not going to stink the place out like Rahman.  You know what Alderson, I won’t say who but someone from Top Rank told me that if Chris wins the title that there is going to be line of guys waiting to suck his d--k and he told me he would be the first one in line and you can print that!”      




In describing his primary rivals Sugar Ray Leonard once commented, “Thomas Hearns is a nice young man.  I like the guy, but that Duran… wheee… Man!” 

Brent Matteo Alderson, a graduate of UCLA, has been part of the staff at since 2004. Alderson's published work has appeared in publications such as Ring Magazine, KO, World Boxing, Boxing 2008, and Latin Boxing Magazine. Alderson has also been featured on the ESPN Classic television program “Who’s Number One?”  Please e-mail any comments to