Trainer Henry Ramirez has tried and tried to get his fighter, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, to train hard. In Ramirez’s mind, poor camps are directly responsible for two of Arreola’s three losses – to Tomasz Adamek and Bermane Stiverne.
What’s a trainer to do? Ramirez moved training camp from Arreola’s Riverside roots, to Phoenix, Ariz. for Arreola’s big fight against fellow contender Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) on Sept. 7 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Showtime).
“I didn’t move the training camp to Phoenix because we were having great training camps at home,” Ramirez said Wednesday via telephone from Phoenix. “He needed to get away from home.”
Ramirez said Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) has been working harder than ever in the 2 1/2 weeks he’s been in camp.