Chris Arreola, 35-3-(30), has promised to ‘Embarrass’ Seth Mitchell,26-1-1-(19), when the pair clash in a heavyweight battle at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Saturday night.
Arreola takes on the former football star on a Showtime televised event and has promised to put on a show: “I’m going to make a statement and make sure that everyone remembers my fight. I’m going to embarrass this kid, Seth. That’s my job in there,” Arreola said at Thursday’s media workout.
“I wish that today was the fight. I hate waiting. It’s time to do what I was bred to do; time to do what I was blessed to do.
“I’m more anxious than anything. I don’t get nervous, I get anxious. I’m ready to fight. I’m ready to showcase (my skills and talent).”
Mitchell, too, expects a tough fight and of course expects to come out victorious: “I’m expecting a tough fight but I’m also expecting to be victorious,” said Mitchell.
“In the days leading up to the fight I think a lot about different aspects of the fight. I think about things that we’ve studied and we’ve noticed. I think about my technique and probably review the fight 10 or 12 times in my head before Saturday.
“I’m prepared for the fight. My opponent gives me funny looks but it doesn’t matter. It boils down to him and me on Saturday.
“He talks tough, and that’s expected from Chris Arreola. He’s a clown and a comedian but on Saturday the jokes are going to be on him.”
In the 10-round co-feature former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, of Mexico City, returns to the ring to take on Efrain Esquivias, of Gardena, Calif., in a featherweight bout and Marquez is out to impress
“The only thing that’s on my mind is my opponent. To be a champion and a known fighter all over the world, you have to work so hard. You have to do whatever your trainer says and everything I did will pay off,” said Marquez.
“I give excellent fights. All my fights have drama and I’m just hoping to give my best for the fans in Indio and those watching on Showtime. This is my first time fighting there.”
Esquivias knows he is facing a highly experienced opponent in Marquez and is expecting a very tough night’s work: “I’m focused. I keep going over the game plan,” said Esquivias. “I’ve blocked everything out and I have surrounded myself with positive people. I’m really concentrating on the fight.
“I don’t think too much about my opponent. Marquez is a big name, but I’ve taken care business in the gym. I’ve trained hard so the fight should be easy. It’s not really going to be easy.” [laughing]
September 6, 2013