Exclusive Interview: Chris Arreola

By G. Leon


Exclusive Interview: Chris Arreola

GL: Can you give us some thoughts about your upcoming bout with Chazz Witherspoon? "It should be a tough fight, it's two undefeated kids going against each other and we're both trying to get to the promised land. I'm sure he's working hard because I'm working my ass off and it should be a good fight."

GL: What do you know about Witherspoon as a fighter?

Chris Arreola: "I don't know nothing about him. I know he's undefeated and to be honest with you, my respect goes out to him because I don't really care about him. This fight is going to be all about what I'm doing in the ring. I leave all of the watching of videos to my trainer Henry Ramirez. Other than that, he just tells me what to do and I do it."

GL: What are you hoping a victory over Witherspoon does for you?

CA: "Tua is already calling out the winner of that fight so hopefully I'll be fighting Tua in my next fight in September on HBO. I'm just going to be moving on to bigger and better names."

GL: You're Mexican and while Mexicans play a major role in boxing, it's usually not in the heavyweight division. What are your goals as a heavyweight? To become the greatest Mexican heavyweight of all time?

CA: "I'm already considered one of the greatest Latino heavyweights period. I want to be considered one of the most exciting and fun to watch heavyweights out there period. When I retire, I want to be known as one of the most exciting heavyweights in the division."

GL: Which part of your game do you feel needs the most sharpening?

CA: "Probably my defense. I need a little bit more head movement. I'm fast enough for a heavyweight and I know I throw more punches than any heavyweight out there. I want to work on my defense and my lateral movement. I put a lot of work in when I'm in the gym, but when I get in ring and hear the crowd I just want to fight balls to the wall. I'm a if you hit me I hit you type of fighter."

GL: Do you feel any extra presure going into your first fight on HBO?

CA: "No. I've fought on HBO before. I fought on the Mayweather undercard. Even though I wasn't one of the headliners, I was on there. I've been on Showtime and I've been on ESPN. I'm not a guy who gets blinded by the lights. I'm not a deer in headlights at all. If anything, when the lights are on it's time for me to perform."

GL: Do you think this fight with Witherspoon goes the distance?

CA: "No. No disrespect to the guy, but I don't think he's going the distance at all. It's either going to be him or me, but somebody is going down. I'm not going to stop punching, I'm going to keep coming forward. Either I'm getting hit with the bomb or he's getting hit with the bomb. Either way somebody is going to sleep."

GL: What do you feel the heavyweight division needs to regain it's previous luster?

CA: "The heavyweight divisuion needs me. Nah, seriously to be hones the heavyweight division needs to make better fighter. I'm looking forward to Tony Thompson fighting Wladimir Klitschko. Fights like Vitali and Sam Peter, and me and Chazz. They just need to make better fitghts and fights the people really want to see.'

GL: Closing thoughts?

CA: "I just want everyone to watch HBO on June 21. It should be a great fight with two undefeated young heavyweights going balls to the wall. It should be a great show so don't miss it."


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