Feature | Mar 17 2015

EXCLUSIVE Curtis Harper: I would knock out Chris Arreola in rematch

Harper goes behind the scenes of his unexpected war with Arreola to James Slater
PBC: Chris Arreola v Curtis Harper  |  ONTARIO, CA - MARCH 13: Chris Arreola (R) lands a punch against Curtis Harper during their 10 round heavyweight bout at Citizens Business Bank Arena March 13, 2015 in Ontario, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

FORMER two-time world heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola returned to action this past Friday, with the intention of knocking out little-known opponent Curtis Harper on the Andre Berto-Josesito Lopez card in Ontario, California. Instead, in an eight-round war, Arreola was pushed to the limit by the determined fighter from Florida.

Neither guy was in great physical condition yet the action proved thoroughly entertaining, with both big men exchanging bombs all night long. In the end, Arreola won a unanimous decision, yet Harper, now 12-4(8) and trained by former lightweight ruler Nate Campbell, says the showing he gave, and the appreciation he enjoyed from the fans, has added to his confidence.

Here the man known as “The Hurt” talks to Boxing News about the slugfest and his plans for the future:


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