"It's going to be very crucial for Chris, especially if we get the fight that they are talking about, which is Seth Mitchell. If it happens, it should get finalized this week and it would be a very important fight for Chris. I can't even express the importance of this fight
A win against Mitchell, a guy who the WBC has ranked #2 and Chris is ranked #3, would mean a lot. If you look at the heavyweight division, all it takes is one win
I can't stress the desperation we're in as far as him needing a victory," stated world-class trainer Henry Ramirez, who talked about a potential clash between his fighter, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, and fellow heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell. Check it out!
PC: What's been going on Henry?
HR: Everything is good. We're just waiting on the final word to see when Chris is going to fight. We gonna be heading out to the Phoenix area and relocating him for this camp.
PC: How important is that at this stage? He's a guy that's had success, but one more shortcoming and it could mean a drop in level for Chris.
HR: It's going to be very crucial for Chris, especially if we get the fight that they are talking about, which is Seth Mitchell. If it happens, it should get finalized this week and it would be a very important fight for Chris. I can't even express the importance of this fight.
PC: Josesito Lopez is another guy you have that is right there. He burst onto the scene with the win over Ortiz. The opportunity to fight Canelo couldn't be turned down and then he had the setback against Maidana. How is his spirit right now and how is he dealing with having his back against the wall?
HR: He is good. They looking to get him right back in the ring and we are going to fight him somewhere between the first and second week in September. We are finalizing that date also. But he will be back in the ring in September and looking to get back in there. He has had 3 really tough fights in a row dating back to the Ortiz fight, Canelo, and then Maidana, so we will probably get him a tune-up type of fight and then go from there.
PC: That's very important. I was gonna ask you if it would be a softer touch, because at this point, I don't not only think he needs it, but he has definitely earned it.
HR: Yeah! We will get a tune-up fight for him. Like I said, he has been in some very tough fights. He is very eager to get back in there and sometimes the economics part will decide what you do. Here is a guy who has been a pro since '03 and had never been in the upper echelon until we got the Ortiz win, and we wanted to make the kid some money. It was an opportunity to capitalize financially for him and he is at a point in life where he has some financial freedom now and comfort. But he is by no means done and he wants to get back in the mix.
PC: When you look at the heavyweight division, they are finally starting to make some of the fights that make sense. What better time than now for Chris to pull off a great win has to be the mindset?
HR: Absolutely; you hit it right on the head. A win against Mitchell, a guy who the WBC has ranked #2 and Chris is ranked #3, would mean a lot. If you look at the heavyweight division, all it takes is one win. Look at Derek Chisora. I think he is coming off of 3 losses in a row, and despite the controversy, he gets the win and he's right back in there. I don't know how you could count a guy out at 9 (laughing). Malik was up at 9 and gives him his hands and the ref waives it off, so I don't know (laughing). But getting back to Chris, I can't stress the desperation we're in as far as him needing a victory. That's why I am taking him out of Riverside. I just feel his focus will be a lot better at a camp, you know?
PC: For sure. And how is his nose?
HR: The nose is fine. He had surgery and he's ready to go. He had surgery a couple of weeks after the fight. We wanted to take care of it and address it right away. We didn't let any time linger along in between getting him treated right away.
PC: Was it tough or is it tough to convince a veteran fighter like Chris to up and move camp to another state?
HR: He was on board because he knows it. He knows let me just say this Perc, I'm not moving him or relocating him because we had a great camp here in Riverside if you get what I'm saying. We didn't exactly have the greatest camp at home for the Stiverne fight; that's why I'm relocating him for this fight.
PC: In other words, you're not fixing something that wasn't broken?
PC: Win, lose or draw, Josesito is a guy that fans really want to see fight. You said the first or second week in September. How big would it be to get him on a show the week of "The One?"
HR: Right, right! It's funny, I was at a big amateur tournament last weekend and a lot of people came up to me, "I'm a big Josesito supporter. I love watching him fight, win or lose. He's just entertaining." So to get him back in there, the quickest way to get over a loss is to get right back in there. Like you said, any fight, because I believe there are multiple fight cards coming up that will possibly be in Vegas the week of the big fight, so any fight's gonna garner more attention than the norm; not necessarily the same night, but like you said, in conjunction with the big fight on the 14th would be huge.
PC: Two Southern Cal guys who you have been high on had some big wins are Mikey Garcia and John Molina. You gotta be happy at the progression they have made and some of the big wins they have captured.
HR: Ah man, Mikey first; the Garcia's we have known them for a few years now, from late '09 early 2010. Just knowing the Garcia's, and they are great people, so to see Mikey progress and get better and better every fight is great. He is gonna be a star. And John Molina, what can I say, man; you can never count him out of a fight. He is a big puncher; little rough and rugged and rough around the edges, but in boxing, it doesn't matter how you get the job done as long as you get the job done. He is a guy who, no matter who you put him in with, he is dangerous to the last bell. He is a big fighter for the weight with a lot of punching power. He is a huge lightweight. I like how they list him at 5'1"0. Yeah, closer to 6'0", but it's crazy because I was talking to Dan Goossen yesterday and he was amazed at how well Mickey Bey was fighting. He was fighting an excellent fight. John had a couple of rounds early where he was competitive, but I was surprised how well Mickey adapted. He was really winning the fight and doing well and he got caught. Going against a puncher, it happens, it's part of the sport, and I'm sure he has a good team around him; he will bounce back, but Molina will use it as a spring board and I was happy for him and Joe Goossen.
PC: Gotta get your thoughts on Mayweather/Canelo since it appears you guys will be centered around this fight somehow or another.
HR: I'll be honest, Canelo is a good, young, up-and-coming champion and he is a great attraction and has a great fan base, but to be honest, how can anyone pick against Mayweather right now. I don't see it. Mayweather, to me, is in a league of his own and he is super talented. And here is a guy who is ultra-talented, but never cuts corners and works his ass off. As much as he is talented, he's that much of a dedicated worker. The thing that I think Mayweather doesn't get enough credit for, here is a guy that lives in Vegas, trains in Vegas, which probably has more temptation than any city in the world, got the money to do whatever, and here is a guy that trains 5 to 10 minutes from the strip, and you know what? He never shows up unprepared. I don't think he gets enough credit for that. Floyd is a guy who welcomes the night life minus any alcohol consumption. He'll party, but he ain't the one drinking. That's been well documented. But this is a guy who is a big star and got the money to do whatever and he never got swallowed up by Vegas. He is prepared for every single fight he has been in and yet his gym is 5 minutes from the strip.
PC: With that being said, and we're not trying to steal anyone's fighters, but is there a guy out there who you look at and say, "I would love to work with that guy?"
HR: (Laughing) Nah man, I think I had this conversation with you. I remember a certain fighter losing a while back and I thought a trainer was basically fishing for his job, and when I read it on your site, I thought it was pretty unprofessional. I wouldn't even comment on somebody's fighter; that's just not me, but like you said, you look at your Floyd Mayweather's and Bernard Hopkins, and these guys who are notorious for their work ethic. The preparation and having the ability to fight is one thing, but the discipline that Floyd and Bernard have is very tough and you can't put a price on that.
PC: As always, thanks for your time and honesty. I wish you and your fighters the best of luck and we will speak a lot more when things get finalized. Is there anything else you want to add?
HR: Thanks to FightHype for always giving me the platform to speak my mind and always reaching out. I will definitely be in Vegas for the big fight and anything that leads up to it, so I will definitely see you out there.
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