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Chris Arreola: 'Seth Mitchell is going to be in a world of hurt'

Chris Arreola is looking to keep his career alive as he aims to knock out Seth Mitchell on September 7 in California.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

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?

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