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Chris Arreola: I either win or retire

Arreola says he’s at a crossroads for this weekend’s fight against Adam Kownacki.

Adam Kownacki v Chris Arreola - Press Conference Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KOs) gets set to take on Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) this weekend at the Barclays Center, Arreola says this fight is going to be make or break for him. At age 38 Arreola has already had three shots at a major world title, falling short each time, and knows that if he can’t beat Kownacki to try to make a push for one more, he might as well hang ‘em up.

“No disrespect to anybody, no disrespect to Adam because I think he’s a great fighter, but personally, man, if I lose there’s no reason for me to be in the sport of boxing,” Arreola said in a teleconference Tuesday with boxing reporters. “I’m in boxing to be a champion and if I lose it brings me all the way back to the bottom, and I don’t want to keep crawling back up. I’m too old to be doing that, man.

Arreola would continue by saying that he knows Kownacki is preparing to retire him, but says that he’s been working just as hard in the gym leading into PBC main event on Saturday night. He says that he doesn’t intend on retiring any time soon, but knows this probably his last big opportunity.

“Absolutely, this is my last chance, man,” Arreola said. “This is my last chance not because the media or anything like that. This is my last chance because I say so. You know, if I lose, I go home, no matter if it’s a great fight, or great event, or it’s a [fight that] could have gone either way, plain and simple. I lose it, I go home. I stay home. One-and-done, no more. So this is my added motivation. This is all I want. This is what I’m living for.”

Both Arreola and Kownacki are big boys who like to rumble, so you can expect this weekend’s fight to be a pretty fun one for as long as it lasts.

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