#2 WBC Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) is going to put intelligent pressure on #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s( in their fight on May 10th for the vacant WBC heavyweight title at Galen Center on the USC campus, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Arreola says he always wanted to attend USC to play football as a kid, but never was able to accomplish that goal, However, he’ll be coming to the attention with perhaps more attention on him alone in this fight that he ever would have been had he played for USC as an unknown lineman.
Arreola fought poorly against Stiverne last year in losing by a 12 round decision. Arreola suffered a broken nose and was knocked down in the 3rd round. It was just all around bad performance by Arreola, because he kept plodding into Stiverne’s punches instead of him being smart about attacking him.
“I can’t be throwing lazy jab against Stiverne. I have to be on Bermane from round 1 to 12,” Arreola said via Fightnews. I have to stay on him and by applying pressure there’ll be a difference.”
Arreola applied pressure the last time he fought Stiverne. What he didn’t do was use his jab or move his head, and that made things easy for Stiverne, who fought a smart fight by shooting out his jab all night long. Arreola had the size to dominate Stiverne, but he failed to use his size. That was the whole problem that Arreola had. He fought like a small fighter, and got into Stiverne’s punching range by waiting too long to let his hands go.
In his fights against Arreola and Ray Austin, Stiverne stayed on the outside and focused on jabbing these bigger guys. He wasn’t taking chances at all, but that was really the only way Stiverne could win. He didn’t have the size to get in there and slug with them, so he did the next best thing and that was to stay on the outside and jab them. It worked well, as he gave both of them a boxing lesson en route to winning easy fights.