Henry Ramirez, trainer of heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, on Friday morning told this newspaper he expected Arreola to weigh in at around 245 pounds in the afternoon.
Ramirez was close, as Arreola came in at 248 for his title-elimination bout against Bermane Stiverne on Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario (on HBO). Stiverne weighed 247.
Arreola, of Riverside, is expecting a difficult fight.
“It’s not tough for me to get up for this fight because he’s a tough fighter,” he said.
Arreola, 32, is 35-2 with 30 knockouts. Stiverne, 34, is 22-1-1 with 20 knockouts.