LOS ANGELES (Sept. 5, 2013) - Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KO's), of Riverside, Calif. and Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO's), of Brandywine, Md., got
into a heated verbal exchange during Wednesday's final press conference
for their 12-round heavyweight showdown for the WBC Silver Championship
this Saturday, Sept. 7, on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition live on SHOWTIME® immediately following ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Canelo Episode 3 Premiere, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In the 10-round co-feature from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KO's), of Mexico City, will take on Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9 KO's), of Gardena, Calif., in a featherweight bout.
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Here's what former world title challenger Arreola, former college football star Mitchell, Marquez and Esquivias said Wednesday from El Paseo Inn Restaurant on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles:
CHRIS ARREOLA, Former World Title Challenger
[Mitchell] says every time I've stepped up I've lost. You're not a step
up, I'm stepping down to you. You're way down here. You're a step down
and remember that. I didn't have to run the combine or do the 40-yard
dash because trust me I do a six-second 40-yard dash and I don't bench
press. That's not what I do. I'm a boxer and I've been boxing since I
was 7 years old. I didn't just start boxing just because I couldn't cut
it in the NFL or couldn't cut it in football.
been boxing my whole life and I'm going to prove it on Saturday night.
I'm going to show you that you don't belong in this sport. I'm telling
you I'm more prepared for this fight than I've been in a long time. I'm
this man beats me, then I'll consider retirement because there's no way
this guy could beat me. Not the way I've trained. This guy is nothing
to me. I respect his stamina and his power. I respect every
heavyweight's power so I have to mind my p's and q's.
going to regret he took this fight. I'm going to make him fight every
minute, every second of every round. Don't forget to bring your
football helmet because you're going to need it.
difference between this training camp and any other is that I was in
Arizona and not Riverside. I've been at the gym every morning and every
night.. This time there's no one to blame but me. It's all on me. I'm
the one who goes to the gym or doesn't go to the gym. I'm the one who
cuts corners. Me. And that's something I had to get away from. Get
away from home.
was only one car and one car key. Henry took me to the gym every day
and made sure I was there. My cardio is way up, so much better than my
no mistake about it, this was a fight that I wanted. I don't talk a lot
in the paper. I don't Tweet. This is the fight that I wanted. Chris
Arreola is a great fighter. He comes forward and applies a lot of
pressure. But I don't see anything special. Nothing I can't take care
of on Saturday.
time Chris Arreola has stepped up he's lost. He and his trainer do a
lot of talking. But just know that I'm prepared and they can say
whatever they want to say but they are going to have a fight on the 7.
"I've worked hard and I'm ready for this fight. I have speed, power and size. I'm the complete package.
puts on exciting fights and our styles complement each other so it's
going to be a great fight. If I was a betting man I know where I would
put my money.
"I started late so I know there's a lot to learn, but on the flip side I haven't taken a lot of punches, either."
RAFAEL MARQUEZ, Former Two-Division World Champion
retired never entered my mind. I took some time off and came back with
[current trainer] Nacho [Beristain] because I feel like I still have
something to prove to the fans.
"I've signed [with Golden Boy Promotions] for four fights, but my mind is on this fight right now.
hope he comes forward because that's exciting for the fans. Everyone
knows that's my style and I want to make the most exciting fight for my
"I have a lot to prove. I want to be a world champion again."
EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS, Featherweight Contender
want to fight the best fighters out there and I thank Thompson Boxing
Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions for making this fight happen. I'm
coming in real strong and ready to show boxing fans that I'm capable of
competing for a world title. I'm not an opponent; I'm here to win.
fans are going to see a great fight. I don't back down and neither
does Marquez. My team and I created a great game plan and we're hungry
for this fight.
people in the sport know about my father passing away from ALS. He's
the one who gives me the strength to continue. His spirit lives within
me and he's the reason why I fight.
"We went hard during our training camp to be fully prepared for
whatever Marquez throws at us. I view myself as the favorite. That's
no disrespect to Marquez, he's a future hall of famer, but I always feel
like I'm the best boxer in the ring.
would mean the world to me to beat Rafael Marquez. Some people say he
has lost a step, but I don't think so. Look at his brother, Juan Manuel
Marquez. These guys are built for longevity."
HENRY RAMIREZ, Arreola's Trainer
his training camp to Arizona got him out of the norm and we're in great
shape. There's nothing left now to do but get in the ring on Saturday.
finally good to see [Mitchell] speak up a little bit and show a little
fire. It's the heavyweights and it's good for interest in the fight.
Something we said got under his skin. I don't know what it was but it
was something. Both guys are highly motivated and it's good to see."
ANDRE HUNTER, Mitchell's Trainer
has been going great. Both the guys are in great shape. We've been
studying a lot of film. You can say this is his biggest fight but
Johnathon Banks was probably just as big. It was on the same level."
ERIC GOMEZ, Golden Boy Matchmaker
are the two most exciting heavyweights on earth. You are not going to
want to miss this fight. When you have Mayhem (Mitchell) and Nightmare
[Arreola] you're going to have a storm. You can just feel the intensity
ALEX CAMPONOVO, Thompson Boxing Promotions
"We love it all. This is what boxing needs: two hungry guys going for it all and vying for a shot at a world title."
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