Chris Arreola hasn't exactly been on fire lately, losing his last fight to Bermane Stiverne in what wound up a pretty thorough domination in a WBC eliminator fight, but the veteran heavyweight brawler is still a very live dog (at worst) for his September 7 matchup against Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, the hyped but very vulnerable ex-Michigan State football star.
Arreola (35-3, 30 KO) says he's preparing for the best Seth Mitchell, like fighters like to say, but adds that he doesn't think there's much to any version of Mitchell:
"He better bring his football helmet because that's the only way he's going to go twelve rounds. I don't want to give this guy no opportunity or no chance to win. I'm going into the ring for the best Seth Mitchell, which I don't think is much - but I don't give a crap. There is that pressure [to look good], but I don't take it as pressure. I have to take care of business regardless. I have to make it spectacular. I guarantee Seth is going to be in a world of hurt. I'm going to stay on his ass until whenever he gets knocked out. He is going to be in a lot of pain."
Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO) is coming off of a rematch win over Johnathon Banks, though the fight was artistically lacking to say the least. There appears no way on paper that Mitchell-Arreola winds up a dull heavyweight contest, as both of them are powerful punchers who don't have a ton going on defensively, and Arreola's aggression and solid chin may be big factors in the matchup.
Who do you see winning this one at the moment?