Boxing News: Mike Arnaoutis Interview, Arce vs Concepcion, Harrison vs Arias
"Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (19-2-2, KO's), the Pride of Greece, and Star Boxing's world rated jr. welterweight contender will be back in action in Atlantic City next Friday September 5th when he takes on power punching Nasser Athumani (20-6-2, 16KO's) in a ten round jr. welterweight contest that will be broadcast live on GoFightLive.TV. The always entertaining, fan favorite Arnaoutis, recently sat down to discuss his upcoming fight..
Article posted on 02.09.2008
MIKE ARNAOUTIS INTERVIEW
Q: Mike how is everything going in preparation for your upcoming fight with Nasser Athumani?
MA: Everything is very good. I am working extremely hard and feel that I am in great shape. I have been getting tremendous sparring from Shamone Alvarez in the gym and am just looking forward to the 5th. I always work very hard in the gym so that way come fight night I know I will be ready. I had some trouble with my legs for my last training camp, but I am one hundred percent healthy now and ready to go.
Q: You are fighting again in your adopted home city of Atlantic City. Do you enjoy fighting there?
MA: Yes without a question I love fighting here. I have so many fans and supporters here in Atlantic City and it's always great to fight in your home city, even if it is my adopted one. The Greek community is great with all the support they show me. I have a lot of fans coming out from Astoria and best of all, after the fights over, my house is only a quick drive away.
Q: What do you know about your opponent Nasser? What is your game plan coming in to the fight?
MA: I saw him fight live before right here in Atlantic City when he took on Juan Urango. He is a tough guy with good speed and a pretty good jab. That being said he is nothing special, especially for someone on my level. I plan on going right after him and setting a fast pace as I always do. I want to really put the pressure on him from the opening bell and I feel that after about the 4th round he will begin to fade and my pressure will be too much for him to handle.
Q: You always seem wherever you go, to have your loyal Greek fans there to support you, playing the war drums, chanting your name and waving their Greek flags. What does it mean having your fans there showing as much support as they do?
MA: It means everything to me. These people are rallying behind me, they believe in me and I do not want to ever disappoint them. This is why I fight, for them and for my family. Without them I wouldn't have had the success I have had in my career. I love when the crowd gets behind me, it gives me that extra push, or burst of energy that enables me to turn it up an extra notch.
Q: Mike in your picture perfect world, explain to me how you see the next year playing out? Where do you want to be, who do you want to fight?
MA: I don't really want to look too far ahead of my upcoming fight. I never want to fall into that trap of looking past an opponent. That being said, I am in excellent shape and know that I am ready to go and will come out victorious on September 5th. After that I hope to fight again very soon in a world title eliminator and by the beginning of next year I expect to have one of the major belts in the jr. welterweight division. I really do not care which champion I face, I feel I match up very well with any of those guys and do not see any of them as a bigger threat then the other. 2009 is going to be my year, the best of Mike Arnaoutis is still to come.
Q: Before you go Mike, looks like there has been a recent new addition to the Arnaoutis family?
MA: Yes, that is true me and my wife Eleni had our first child back on August 5th. She is a beautiful baby girl that we decided to name Agapi-Michelle Arnaoutis. She weighed 6 lbs. and 11 ounces when she was born. Things are different now. I have a lot more responsibility with her. She inspires me to train harder and come fight night I know she will be motivating me to go out there and look my absolute best. It will be exactly one month since she was born on fight night and I can not disappoint her on her month birthday. I am really looking forward to strictly spending time with her after the fight is over and just relaxing with her and my wife for a little while.
Q: Anything you want to say in closing?
MA: I want to thank my promoter Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing and my manager for putting this fight together. I want to thank my trainer and everyone I have been working with at the PAL gym in Atlantic City, NJ. I want to thank everyone who has supported me so far and thank those who are coming to the fight in advance. I am very focused and really looking forward to this fight and putting on a great showing for all those in attendance at Bally's next Friday.
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Arce vs Concepcion
With just 2 weeks to go, Panamanian Rafael Concepcion is full of confidence for his first title defence against Jorge Arce in Mexico City on the 15th September. The interim WBA super Flyweight title fight takes place on the Eve of Mexico's Independence Day and will be a major highlight of this year’s fiesta.
Concepcion has been training hard in Panama for the bout. Sparring partner Julio Camano, a 130 pound lightweight, has been brought in to toughen the preparations. Concepcion’s trainer, Henry Sune explains “Rafael is very strong and in peak physical condition. In training sessions I have his sparring partners emulate the style and work rate of Arce.”
Sune remarked that in Arce's last bout against Devid Lookmahanak of Thailand "Arce lacked the old fire and fury." In camp Concepcion, there's belief that this may be the perfect time to fight the experienced Mexican showman.
Even so, this is a very tough first defence for Concepcion. Arce is an experienced fighter and he presents a very large challenge. Especially as the bout is in Arce's back yard and this back yard sits at 7,300 feet (2240 meters) above sea level. Concepcion’s training has included extra measures to help him prepare for the altitude conditions.
Concepcion's handlers at Optimum Sports Agency have confidence in him."We believe Rafael will be too determined, confident and strong for Jorge Arce." says his manager Damon de Berry.
On Monday 25th August, Rafael Concepcion took a short break from training to be honored by the President of the Republic of Panama, Martín Torrijos. In a ceremony at the Presidential palace, he was formally presented with the interim WBA super flyweight belt. Also in attendance at the ceremony was Panamanian Olympian and men’s long jump gold medallist Irving Jahir Saladino Aranda.
Although this bout is on Arce's turf, it will be a fiery affair. Neither fighter gives an inch.
ARIAS JOINS ROBINHO IN MANCHESTER
Record Manchester City signing Robinho won't be the only Brazilian hitman in Manchester.
Audley Harrison's opponent George Arias from Sao Paulo has warned the 2000 Olympic Champion that he will end his comeback trail
Brazilian heavyeight champion Arias will follow his fellow countryman to the north west this weekend when he fights Harrison at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester.
It comes in the wake of Robinho's suprise £32.5m signing for Manchester City.
And Arias has vowed to provide another shock by knocking out Harrison -and ending his world title ambitions.
"Brazilians are the best at football - and I'm going to show we are good at boxing as well," said 34-year-old Arias.
"Harrison knows that if he loses this fight then he has nowhere left to go, and that makes him a very dangerous opponent.
"I've prepared for a war but to be honest I expect to win the fight easily inside the distance.
"Harrison likes to talk a good fight, but he's all hot air.
"It will be carnival time in Manchester on Saturday when I knock him out and shut him up once and for all."
Harrison-Arias meet in a 10-rounder on the M.E.N show, which will be screened live on on Sky Box Office and will also feature Alex Arthur's WBO World Super-Featherweight world title defence against Nicky Cook, as well as Amir Khan against undefeated Breidis Prescott.
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