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Stiverne vs Arreola II: 'Fight For Peace' quotes from fighters, trainers, and promoters

Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola will meet on May 10 at USC's Galen Center to determine a new WBC world heavyweight titleholder. The fighters and their teams spoke on Monday.

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


Bermane Stiverne

"The only thing I'm thinking about right now is putting my hands on that title. As a matter of fact, to me, I'm going to the ring like I'm defending my title. This title is mine. It's my title, you know what I'm saying; they just didn't give it to me yet. I'm going in there to defend my title. I feel like I'm ready already. I feel great. I look great and I just can't wait man. I can't wait to make history, so everybody lookout for that fight. It's gonna be a fantastic performance and a lot of pain and a knockout."

Don House, Stiverne's trainer

"I've evaluated this fight and we have been going at this like Bermane hasn't fought Arreola before, as if everything is brand new. Can Arreola bring anything into this fight differently? No. He may come to fight in the best shape of his life but he doesn't have the skills to beat Bermane. He doesn't have the power or speed that Bermane does. Arreola will be right there, Bermane won't have to look for him, and Bermane will be ready to fight 12 rounds."

Chris Arreola

"I'm very excited about fighting for the WBC Title once again and having it seen on my favorite television network ESPN. I have a great opportunity to get my revenge against Stiverne and make history in one night and I plan to deliver."

Henry Ramirez, Arreola's trainer

"Not too many times do you get a chance to right a wrong, and on May 10 Chris will have his chance to do just that with everything on the line. I know we have a tough task but I have zero doubt Chris Arreola will be the WBC World Heavyweight Champion and first ever of Mexican descent to hold such title."

Don King, Stiverne's promoter

"ESPN is in it to win it...and 'win' in it they have...hitting a grand slam home run in public opinion in welcoming the prodigal son of the sport of boxing - The WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World Title Event back to America - Hallelujah!"

Dan Goossen, Arreola's promoter

"Vitali was a great champion, in and out of the ring, and the winner of this fight will have big shoes to fill wearing the green belt around their waist.

"Chris will definitely be going into this fight with his back against the wall. It's that type of do-or-die situation I believe when he's the most motivated and dangerous. To top off this history making, and what is sure to be great event, is ESPN's participation, the home to all major sporting events, putting additional broadcast significance to this Heavyweight World Championship fight."

Carl Reed, USC Galen Center

"We are very excited to be part of the historic Heavyweight World Championship match between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. We have hosted numerous national and international events; this Heavyweight Championship fight will deliver the knockout blow that will set the USC Galen Center apart from all other venues. I look forward to working with both promoters, Don King and Dan Goossen in ensuring this is a fight for the ages!"

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