Saturday, May 10, Chris Arreola (36-3) and Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1) will face off for a heavyweight title. The bout is a rematch from their first encounter in April of 2013 in which Stiverne pulled off a unanimous decision victory.
Promotionally, the bout is being co-promoted by Goosen Tutor and Don King Productions and will be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. For those not on the West Coast, the match up will be televised on ESPN.
Interestingly, the oddsmakers have the pair evenly matched with the moneyline being +115 for Arreola and -135 for Stiverne. Though Stiverne was the clear victor in the first encounter, speculators are looking for Arreola to come into the fight rejuvenated after scoring a knockout victory over Seth Mitchell in September of 2013.
Even more, this fight poses a significant championship belt as a reward for the victor and will certainly add motivation to both fighters entering Saturday night. However, it should be interesting to depict if Arreola can truly come up with a different game plan then he had in the first fight.
Stiverne has been out of the ring for a year and it should be captivating to view if any ring rust comes into play within the early rounds. Both fighters have the knockout power to end the fight at any moment with 20 of Stiverne's 23 victories coming by way of knockout and 31 of Arreola's 36 victories coming to the same ending in his favor.
From a divisional standpoint, it is no secret that the Klitschko brothers are the kings of the Heavyweight division. However, due to the fact that Vitali Klitschko vacated his belt to pursue a career as a politician, both fighters have the opportunity to become the heavyweight champion of the world.
Historically, a victory for Arreola would mark him as the first Mexican heavyweight to hold a major world title. At the same time, a victory for Stiverne makes him the first fighter of Haitian decent to possess a world title. Both fighters train and reside in the West Coast, California and Nevada, which would potentially make them attractions within the U.S. market that has not had a heavyweight champion in a long time.
In the end, this bout will come down to who wants the title more. Both fighters have the skills and power to pull off the victory, but the real question is which fighter has the will power. Only time will tell, but boxing fans should expect a competitive fight for as long as it lasts.
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