May 9th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
SIGNIFICANT HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH OVERSHADOWED
Las Vegas, NV- Tomorrow night at the Galen Center,the basketball arena at the University of Southern California, a rematch of one of the most entertaining Heavyweight fights of recent years takes place. In their first bout which took place last April, Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)
was battered, bruised, bloodied and knocked down in the 3rd round en route to a lopsided decision loss to Haitian born Bermaine Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs). Stiverne not only displayed his knockout power, but showed extremely underrated boxing ability. Arreola, a native of Riverside, CA, vows to come into this battle in tip-top condition since his biggest battle has always been with the scale. This has been his achilles heel. However Stiverne, coming off the biggest win of his career appears determined as well to win the title. He must be exuding in confidence considering he once again faces the Mexican American in his own backyard of Southern California, and appears unaffected.
ESPN PICKS UP SECOND HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE TILT WITHIN A MONTH!
It appears ESPN is looking to make important strides in boxing by broadcasting Wladimir Klitschko’s April 26th title defense over Alex Leapai, and now this bout on Saturday. With boxing’s main demographic in the US being Latino, the prospect of a Mexican American heavyweight champion could bring some solid ratings.
Considering Arreola is rarely in a boring contest should make for some intriguing live television. Also being that ESPN is viewed in substantially more homes than pay cable giants HBO and Showtime, this bout will give boxing some much needed exposure when you consider the significance of this fight. If Arreola can win, he becomes the first Heavyweight champion of Mexican decent. Being that the World Boxing Council(WBC) is based in Mexico, his win would be beneficial to the world of boxing. Stiverne also has an opportunity to become the first Haitian to win a world title so lot of pride is at stake.
CAN ARREOLA GAIN REVENGE?
While it appears that the Riverside resident is in good shape and is taking the bout seriously, the one-sided nature of the last go-around has to be taken into consideration. Stiverne had the quicker hands, and perhaps was even the bigger puncher. Arreola’s nose was broken in the third round of their fight, and that obviously put him in peril, as it was difficult for him to breathe considering the crimson mask of blood. That being said, it’s still a 50/50 fight. Was it a fluke performance for the Haitian, who may have caught the Mexican American on a bad night at the office?
Expect both sluggers to have to get off the deck in this one. This will be competitive fight that will go twelve rounds, with Stiverne pulling off a close, competitive but clear decision.