Chris Arreola already in shape for his May 14th fight

Five men who are serious about their profession. Left to right, trainer Henry Ramirez, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, boxing promoter Dan Goosen, super-middleweight champion Andre Ward and his coach Virgil Hunter.

Their communique read “Pictures Don’t Lie.”  And that’s especially true about the photos in this press release regarding an obviously slimmed down and solid Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (30-2-0, 26 KOs), who is on target to enter the Home Depot Center boxing ring on Saturday, May 14 in Carson, CA at his lowest weight in four years.

“Right now I’m training very hard,” said the former #1-ranked world heavyweight contender about his upcoming 10-round fight with Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) as the co-featured bout on the undercard of the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final contest between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0-0, 13 KOs) and Arthur Abraham (32-2-0, 26 KOs). “I’m looking more to showing than talking; at least until after the fight,” said the normally ‘sound bite’ machine who ballooned up to a career high of 263 pounds in 2009.

The “re-dedication of Arreola” started when he and his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez made the trek down to the Houston, Texas training center run by Ronnie Shields to prepare for an ESPN2 main event on January 28, 2011. For the first time in eight fights, Arreola came in under 250-pounds for that bout.


And now Arreola is back at the Riverside gym working with Ramirez for this upcoming bout. The same gym where his career started many moons ago – the same gym where he trained for 130 amateur bouts to end up winning the 2001 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight title. The same gym where he trained to win the NABF Heavyweight Title (which he’s held since 2008) and the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title (which he’s held since 2007).

So what’s been Arreola’s motivation for re-dedicating himself?

“I hate to lose,” he said.

Tickets for this May 14 boxing card are priced at $25, $50, $100 and $200 (VIP floor seats). Fans can purchase tickets now at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).


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