By: Jordan Stone
After big time boxing returned to Los Angeles last weekend with the success of Keith Thurman and Lucas Matthysse the Los Angeles boxing heads get a second taste of action as Chris Arreola takes on Bermane Stiverne for the second time for the vacant WBC heavyweight title which has been vacated by Vitali Klitschko as the former world super champion starts a new chapter in his life in politics. The Galen Center in southern California plays host to this heavyweight world title fight which has been named the “fight for peace” by co promoters of this show Dan Goosen and the very familiar face of Don King.
After the long awaited news that Vitali Klitschko was retiring to go into politics in his native Ukraine this fight was quickly put together for the vacant belt as the top 2 contenders go head to head for the second time in just over a year. Bermane Stiverne goes into this fight knowing he can beat Arreola as he has already done that in April of last year where the 2 squared off for the WBC silver title and Stiverne was quick to make a mark in this fight as he had Arreola down in the 3rd round. The first fight was a pretty one sided fight as Stiverne won nearly every round comfortably and won the fight with a unanimous decision 118-109 on one scorecard and the other 2 judges scored it 117-110. When asked in an interview about been able to get revenge on Stiverne he said “the fact I get to avenge a loss means the world to me and the fact im fighting for a world title. Avenge a loss, win a title and make history.. how sweet could that be man!”
Bermane Stiverne goes into this fight with an impressive record of 23 wins 1 defeat, 1 draw and 20 of those wins coming by way of knockout which include the then unbeaten Kertson Manswell. He has one blemish on his record when he was knocked out in the 4th round against a journeyman with a losing record in Demetice King back in 2007. 33 year old Chris Arreola has an experienced record of 36 wins with 3 defeats and has fought for a world title on one other occasion against the former champion Vitali Klitschko… but Arreola was outclassed in this fight from start to finish and his corner retired him on his stool before the 11th round as Arreola was taking such a beating. Arreola is coming into this fight on the back of an impressive first round knockout against Seth Mitchell, a fight many thought Mitchell was going to win.
This should be a great match up but the California fans will be hoping for more of a 50/50 fight this time round and we all are looking forward to seeing a new WBC heavyweight champion for the first time since 2004. Both fighters will know that this is their best chance of winning a world title and it should make for a classic heavyweight contest.by