Posted On:8/11/2009 11:59am
Klitschko to defend heavyweight title against Chris Arreola
FRANKFURT – Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Mexican-American Chris Arreola on Sept. 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Klitschko's management said Tuesday.
Arreola is hoping to become the first Mexican-American to win a major heavyweight title. His promoter, Dan Goossen, had confirmed details of the fight to The Associated Press last week.
"I am very pleased that the negotiations have been successfully concluded and that we can offer fans worldwide the fight that everyone wants to see," said Bernd Boente, head of Klitschko's management group.
"Vitali and Chris Arreola are both known as hard punchers and few experts believe this fight will go the distance," he said.
Klitschko said in the statement he was looking forward to fighting again in Los Angeles, where he has already fought against Lennox Lewis and Corrie Sanders.
"Chris Arreola is one of the strongest possible rivals. He is young, undefeated, has a hard punch and is very confident.
"I will definitely not underestimate him, but at the same time I have no doubt that I will leave California as the champion still," Klitschko said.
The bout will be the 38-year-old Klitschko's third fight since returning from a layoff of nearly four years to beat Samuel Peter late last year. Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) hoped to fight England's David Haye in Germany on Sept. 12, but Haye backed out last month, choosing to fight Nikolai Valuev instead.
Goossen expects a large Southern California crowd supporting both boxers. Klitschko has lived in Los Angeles at times for the past several years.
Klitschko, whose brother Wladimir holds the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, fought Lewis at Staples Center in June 2003, losing on cuts in the sixth round despite leading the fight on the judges' scorecards. Klitschko then won the WBC title in Los Angeles in 2004, stopping Sanders.
After one more defence, Klitschko retired and repeatedly postponed comeback attempts because of injuries and two failed campaigns to become the mayor of Kiev, Ukraine. When he finally returned against Peter, Klitschko had little trouble stopping the champion, who quit on his stool after the eighth round in Germany.
The fight with Arreola came together quickly after Haye dropped out. Arreola had been anticipating a fight against Oleg Maskaev next month, but eagerly seized the chance to take on Klitschko instead.
"It's an opportunity of a lifetime," Arreola was quoted as saying in Tuesday's statement. "It's a dream come true to fight the best heavyweight in the world in my hometown."
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Posted On:8/12/2009 2:45am
Klit in four, six if he's feeling generous. Arreola, despite having a decent amateur background and heart looked like he was near 300 pounds when he was sitting ringside at the Bradley v. Campbell fight. No way he can go 12 good rounds with a monster the size and possesing the skills that Vitali does. Arreola is exciting and hard hitting but he's been steady feasting on tomatoes and it's going to hurt come fight night.
it's all vanity
Posted On:8/12/2009 3:27am
Please tell me Chris's nickname is "The Soft Brown".
Posted On:8/12/2009 6:32am
Style: Muay Thai
really, couldnt give less of a **** about this fight
Posted On:8/12/2009 9:10am
Klitschko chickened out of fighting David Haye then. No suprises there.(ok haye had to withdraw due to injury but after all the gamesmanship between the two fighters i'm a little disappointed in Klitschko not making any effort at all to reschedule)
Haye will be the undesputed HW champ soon enough.
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