Two of the biggest punchers in the heavyweight division are just weeks away from a collision.
The WBC’s #1 Contender, Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) and the WBC #2, Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) are scheduled to exchange punches in a 12-round WBC Championship Heavyweight Elimination bout on Saturday, April 27 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
The pair came face to face at a recent press conference and Arreola is ready to fight after being sidelined through injury.
“I get frustrated when I get injured at the gym or when I get sick,” said Arreola. “But when I have to wait for a fight, it doesn’t frustrate me because I have worked my butt off for the entire year since 2011.
“Even though last year I only fought once, I know that when I fight again that I am ready to go. I’m hungry to fight. When I go to [Jose Lopez’s] fight or any other fight, I get antsy. I get that motivation to fight and get in there.
In reference to seeing Stiverne at the press conference, Arreola added: “To be honest, I needed this face to face today. This is our first time meeting. I never had a face to face with him, I don’t feel disrespected that we never did have an initial press conference together when he failed to show up. If that is what he wants to do, that’s what he wants to do. That’s it. I know I’m ready to beat him and move on to the World Championship bout.”
Stiverne was a man of few words at the face to face press conference but he did say: “There’s not much to say. A lot of game playing. I’m not much of a talker but I can say that I have been waiting for this fight so long that I just hope on April 27 that he is actually going to be there.”