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: