Tonight, a huge matchup in the heavyweight division, as the vacant WBC belt is up for grabs. It will be Chris Arreola vs Bermane Stiverne, going 12 rounds, at the USC Galen Center, Los Angeles.
‘B. Ware’ Stiverne, residing in Las Vegas, born in Haiti, enters for his 4th title attempt. 1st fight in Cali. 23-1-1, 20 wins and 1 loss each by KO. #3 heavyweight according to The Ring magazine. This is just his 3rd fight going 12 rounds, in which cases he has a decision and a late TKO. Undefeated in his last 6; draw was recorded vs Charles Davis in 2009.
Stiverne with absolutely ideal cycles here, triple high, and at the peak of his powers.
Arreola is the top ranked US heavyweight by Boxrec.com and #6 worldwide, as well as #6 according to The Ring. California born and bred, with the majority of his fights there as well. 36-3-0, with 31 wins and 1 loss via KO. Before losing to Stiverne 2 fights ago, he had a 7 fight win streak, with 5 KOs. 9 fights at 12 rounds, going 6-3, with 4 KOs, all coming early in the fight (before 5th round).
Arreola in tough cycles for a boxer, hardly any punching power, no connection to the crowd, no comfort zone to deal with tho he might land some while trying to outthink Stiverne. But it can’t last.
Predicting a mid-fight TKO for Stiverne