Trainer Henry Ramirez has moved Chris Arreola's training camp to San Diego, hoping to keep him away from bad habits and influences in Riverside, Calif., as Arreola prepares for his May 10 rematch against Bermane Stiverne, with the vacant WBC heavyweight title at stake.
Arreola (36-3, 31 KO) says he knows he's always been his own biggest obstacle in boxing, by allowing himself to get out of shape between fights and not always training hard:
"I've been ready for this fight since I got out of the ring with (Stiverne) last year," Arreola said. "I've got to stay in the gym. I've got to stay committed to the sport I love so much. ... I'm my own worst enemy. I'm my danger. When I'm at home, it's 15 miles to my gym, and I'll find something. I'll get a flat (tire) on accident. In San Diego, there's only one set of car keys. If I want to do something, I've got to run or walk, and you know how much I like to do that."
The 33-year-old Arreola is hoping to capitalize on his second world title opportunity, after coming up well short against Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Stiverne beat Arreola in an eliminator last year, dominating him over 12 rounds on HBO.
The rematch will be televised by ESPN from the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles. Will Arreola be in shape and finally live up to the push he's been given by American TV?