Vitali Klitschko Knows The Answer: He Will Triumph Against Arreola
Michael Buffer served as master of ceremonies at Tuesday's final press conference for this Saturday's highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between knockout artists, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, and No. 1-ranked challenger Cristobal Arreola. The challenger, Arreola, and the champion, Klitschko, took their turns at the lecturn, Vitali directs a comment at Team Arreola, the two fighters face off and pose, and brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko (with his new Ring belt) show off their heavyweight hardware. They are the only siblings in history to hold heavyweight world title belts simultaneously.
At the conclusion of the press conference, Wladimir, Vitali's younger brother, is presented the Ring Magazine heavyweight belt by Ring representative, Ivan Goldman. That makes four championship belts for Wladimir, who is also the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion. World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko is confident he will be victorious and his experience will be the key factor when he defends against No. 1-ranked Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola in what will be the most exciting heavyweight title fight in years this Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES CENTER..
“The question is, who will be the winner? I don’t know,’’ said Klitschko during the final press conference on Tuesday in front of a packed media turnout at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE. “It’s a heavyweight fight; it’s boxing, where any one punch can decide the outcome.
“After five weeks of training, 100 miles of running, and over 100 rounds of sparring, I can now answer that question. I am in great shape, ready for a great performance and ready to show my skills in the ring.
“Five weeks ago, if you asked me that question (who would win?), I wouldn’t have been able to answer it. Now, after my training camp, I can tell you that I will win.
“Arreola is a tough guy, a big puncher, but he doesn’t have the experience in the ring.’’
Klitschko, of Los Angeles and Hamburg, Germany, brings a record of 37-2 with 36 knockouts into what will be an exciting, hotly contested 12-round showdown. The dangerous-punching Arreola, of Riverside, California, via East Los Angeles, is 27-0 with 24 KOs.
Tickets are on sale at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available at the STAPLES Center Box Office. Tickets are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25.
The world title fight, which is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions, will air live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT. Doors open Saturday at 4 o’clock.
What the participants, including IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who received the Ring heavyweight belt, had to say Tuesday:
“Saturday will be a real good fight. If you have good opponents, you look good.
“This will be a real heavyweight fight. I am more than sure that I will exit the ring as heavyweight champion of the world.
“I know it’s very important to focus on the fight and be 100 percent ready.
“Some people ask if I’m overlooking Arreola and thinking about the future. Chris, I think about you, I prepare for the fight and I will give it my best.
“I take it step by step. I don’t think about the future because there is no future without a victory Saturday night.
“I have never fought anyone with such a good record as Arreola. I know he’s a good fighter and I prepared for the hardest fight of my career.
“Can Arreola beat me? I don’t think so. Can he hit me hard? Maybe.
“It’s very interesting for me because this time I have no injuries and am 100 percent.
“Ten years ago I won my first world title belt. Right now, I have 10 years experience as a world champ. Right now, that will make all the difference.
“He may punch hard, but I’ll duck. He won’t knock me out.
“I am ready and I can’t wait until Saturday night.’’
BERND BOENTE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, KLITSCHKO MANAGEMENT GROUP (KMG)
“I think it’s a fantastic fight and STAPLES (Center) is the right place to do it. It’s a very, very tough, young gun over here with Chris Arreola. He’s unbeaten, and he wants to prove that he can also be the best in the division.
“On the other hand, we have a very, very experienced three-time heavyweight champion with the best knockout percentage in the heavyweight division ever. I think it’s a great, great matchup and this is exactly what the heavyweight division needs.
“I’m looking forward to a great fight. The media interest is gigantic. We have, I think, 380 media requests from journalists who want to come to this fight. We have 113 countries who are broadcasting it, including the biggest Chinese TV station and the biggest Russian TV station. So, it’s gigantic.
“I’m sure it’ll be a great fight and a great win by Vitali Klitschko.”
FRITZ SDUNEK (Klitschko’s Trainer)
“We’re happy to be back in L.A. We had a great training camp and we went swimming at UCLA. We’re really looking forward to Saturday night. Vitali is in great shape and didn’t have any injuries while training. We’ll probably see a knockout on Saturday night.
TOM LOEFFLER, DIRECTING MANAGER, K2 PROMOTIONS
“We’re really excited about Saturday’s fight card. It’s really a worldwide event. It will be broadcast in over 100 countries internationally.”
“I think Dan (Goossen) will agree, and I think the fighters have already said in a number of interviews: This fight’s not going 12 rounds. It’s not going to be a boxing show. It’s going to be a knockout spectacle. Vitali, with his knockout ratio, and Chris isn’t going to run from Vitali.
“There will be fireworks aplenty this Saturday at STAPLES Center.”
IVAN GOLDMAN (RING Magazine Representative, who presented the belt to Wladimir)
“When you have a good fight, a good fighter will win and a good fighter will lose. Vitali Klitschko had the Ring Magazine belt before he retired and now this is just the second set of brothers to hold the Ring belt.
“Wladimir makes it look easy, and he made it look easy against (Ruslan) Chagaev. But, we know it’s not easy. He’s a gentleman and a proud fighter, and it’s my pleasure to award this belt to Wladimir. It’s a difficult belt to win and it’s my pleasure to give it to a great champ.”
“It’s going to be a great fight on Saturday night. I wish both my brother and Chris good luck in the fight.
“Thank you for the belt. For five years I have been hunting for this belt, and now I have it. It is an honor to have it
TONY WALKER, HBO
“We’re all looking forward to Saturday’s show being what a heavyweight fight should be – lots of action and two big guys going at it to show who the best is. Vitali and Chris have never disappointed in their action in the ring, and I know we’re going to see just a great show Saturday night.”
SALVADOR SANCHEZ II
"It is a pleasure to have my first fight in Los Angeles. It is an honor to be fighting on this card and I want to demonstrate to the fans my skills. Not only do I have the name of a champion, I have the skills to be a champion."
"I'm happy to be on this card and I'll be looking to do what I do best on Saturday."
"I'll be looking forward to stepping in to the ring Saturday night."
JORGE GAMBOA (Viva Mexico)
“Viva Mexico and it’s time to go! We’ll be cheering you (Cristobal) on Saturday night and expect you to bring the title back to Mexico.”
Article posted on 22.09.2009