Chris Arreola: "I will become the first Mexican-American Heavyweight Champion"
On February 18th, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, WBC #1 ranked Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) will make his long awaited return to the ring in a WBC title eliminator bout.
Although an opponent has not yet been named for the upcoming featured contest, 29 year old Eric "The Drummer Boy" Molina (18-1, 14 KOs) was mentioned several times during a press conference held in Texas on Tuesday, January 24th.
Even if the perennial contender recognizes Eric Molina as a potentially dangerous opponent, Arreola has a much larger vision on the horizon.
"I am an exciting fighter and I will bring the Heavyweight Championship back to the United States," proclaims the Los Angeles based contender. "I'm going to be the first Mexican-American fighter to win the Championship."
"I'm going to make history. I'm going to be the Jack Johnson of the Mexican-American community and that makes me proud. Being the first Heavyweight Champion of Mexican descent will be an honor and it gives me more motivation."
"Not only to bring the Heavyweight title back to America, but because I'm Mexican-American...man, that feels great!"
While Chris Arreola draws great pride and strength from his Hispanic heritage, he does acknowledge the realistic possibility of facing another Mexican-American Heavyweight in the opposite corner next month.
Should the Texas Rio Grande Valley fighter be confirmed as his subsequent adversary, Arreola believes that Eric Molina will also draw strength from his cultural heritage.
"He's Hispanic, like I am, so you know there's lot of pride there and no quit in him," admits Chris Arreola. "That's why I'm going to have to come prepared on February 18th. If he's my opponent, I guarantee that it's going to be an explosive fight because he's not a guy who's going to back down."
To see the full recorded interview with Chris Arreola, access the video below:
The live triple-header will feature Two-Time World Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams versus Nobuhiro Ishida of Japan, IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud against former title holder Gabriel Campillo, and WBC Heavyweight title contender Chris Arreola.
The February 18th, event is scheduled to take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, and will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Tickets for "Triple Threat" are priced at $25, $35, $50, $75 and $100, and are available at the American Bank Center box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. They are also available online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
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