Among a star studded crowd that including music legends Richie Sambora and Ray Parker Jr., both fighters turned a Don King led entertaining press conference into a heated exchange of words rarely seen during fight week.
“Typically I do my talking in the ring but I’m here to tell you Chris, nobody will be able to help you on Saturday night. Nobody can beat me. I’m going to whip you much worse this time.”
“I’m going to knock you down and punish you all night long. No matter what shape, how much weight you lose or what other excuses you dream up, I’m always going to be better than you. Come Saturday night, I’m going to f*** you up again in front of everyone.”
“Yeah, you broke my nose but on my worst night you couldn’t stop me. You can do all the talking you want but look at me and remember me, I’m finishing you off on Saturday night and I’ll be the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion and no one is ever going to remember you.”
“You lit a fire under me now and I promise everyone here that I will win on Saturday night and I will give you the worst beating of your life.”
The heated exchanges continued while promoter Dan Goossen attempted to restore order. Following the closing comments, neither fighter would pose for face off photos.
“Chris Arreola is the toughest S.O.B. around and on Saturday night I have no doubt he’s going to become the first Mexican Heavyweight World Champion.”
“Bermane Stiverne has sacrificed so much, his time is now. He’s going to whip Arreola much worse this time.”
Camille Estephan, Manager of Stiverne:
“I’ve been with Bermane for many years and I’ve never seen him so focused. No doubt in my mind that he’s going to win the world title on Saturday night.”
Brian Kweder, Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions/ESPN
“We’re very proud to be presenting this Heavyweight World Championship between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola Saturday night from the Galen Center and LIVE on ESPN.
“I’d like to thanks both Don King and Dan Goossen for providing us with this opportunity to telecast this event on ESPN.”
All Photos Courtesy Goossen Tutor Promotions
ABOUT “FIGHT FOR PEACE – HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY”
On Saturday, May 10, BERMANE “B.Ware” STIVERNE, 23-1-1 (20KO’s) of La Plaine, Haiti and CRISTOBAL “The Nightmare” ARREOLA, 36-3-1 (31KO’s) of Riverside, CA will battle at “FIGHT FOR PEACE – HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY”, for the vacant World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship at the USC Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates and presented by Corona Extra (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
“FIGHT FOR PEACE — HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY”, presented by Don King Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotionsis a fitting international tribute to Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election.