*What an exciting night of boxing at the University of Southern California. A site where for the first time ever a boxing event was held to a nearly sold out crowd. We saw one hell of a war between Bermane Stiverne going against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola for the second time.
This was a huge event with huge implications for both fighters and their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Don King whom everyone thought was out of the boxing picture.
The last time these two came together, it was out in Ontario,Calif., at the Citizens Bank Arena in a bout that went the distance of twelve rounds in which we saw Arreola fight throughout in spite of getting dropped in the third and getting his nose broken. No one can say that this guy dosen’t have balls. And on top of all of that, I hear that he didn’t train for that fight like he did for the one last night.
I’m told that that he put more time into training for this fight (some eight weeks compared to eight days) and it really showed.
Arreola came in from the opening bell like he wasn’t going to take any prisoners. He was connecting against Stiverne early in the bout with wicked jabbs and shots to the body that seemed to have Stiverne trying to figure out how he was going to deal with everything that was coming at him.
But going into the sixth round he seemed to have developed a solution and diagnosis to all of that, and it was solid right hand to the head of Arreola that dropped him with a delayed reaction and he wasn’t the same after that.
Referee Jack Reiss gave him a standing eight count and after he saw that Arreola was still capable of continuing, he allowed the fight to resume. Then came another assault from Stiverne that caused the ref to step in, and once again after checking to see if he was alright, he let them go at it again. But when he noticed the next barrage of shots come at Arreola he felt that he had enough and called a halt to the bout at 2 minutes and 2 seconds into the sixth, thus declaring Stiverne the winner and new WBC world heavyweight champion.
The most interesting thing about all of this is the fact that two of the ringside judges had Arreola ahead by a score of 48-47 with one judge scoring 48-47 for Stiverne.
The story behind the story is that Arreola broke his hand during the bout, but had the courage to keep on fighting until it was stopped.
And now you may ask, what’s next for both fighters? As for Stiverne I’m told that there’s a mandatory against Deontay Wilder whom in this writer’s opinion hasn’t been put into deep water yet. And now that Don King is back in control of the heavyweight belt it may not come about right away. On the other hand, I think that a good test for Wilder would be for him to go against Arreola who still has a lot of fight left in him, has been in the deepest part of the ocean, and could give Wilder some fits. We’ll see what happens.
At any rate, the complexion of the heavyweight division has now changed (in a real way) as a result of what happen last weekend. It’s now back in America and with Don King back in control of the division who knows what will happen next.
We also saw a dynamic perfomance put on by jr. welterweight contender Amir Iman another fighter promoted by Don King who improved his record to 14-0 as he sailed the distance of ten rounds against a game, and rugged Yordenis Ugas who hails from Cuba.
Iman has superb boxing skills and possesses incredible speed and lateral movement and he could be a formidable opponent for any and all in the jr.welterweight division. We certainly look forward to seeing more of him.
Our hats go off to Dan Goossen, and Don “Only in America” King for pulling off a fantastic event on the USC campus, an event telecast live on ESPN.
We look forward to another big boxing event next weekend with Juan Manuel Marquez going against Mike Alvarado at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood Calif., now owned by Madison Square Garden. This is the beginning of bringing boxing back this historic facility the former home of the Lakers and Forum Boxing.
This event will be put on by Top Rank Inc., and will be telecast live on HBO.
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Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.