Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola Final Press Conference
Heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder and two-time title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they headlinePremier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes this Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
"I've wanted to hit somebody since May. I got teased but now it's time. And I get to do it at home. There's no better place to do it.
"We've had a few guys that we could have chosen, but there were certain guys we didn't want to give a short notice opportunity. We needed a certain type of fighter for this job.
"We need someone who will fight with their heart and take this opportunity and make the most of it. Does he deserve the title shot? No he doesn't. He knows it. But is Chris Arreola the perfect guy for this fight? Of course he is.
"Chris is lucky to get a third chance at a title. There's a lot of prospects who would love to fight him just to get a chance to fight for this belt. We needed a special person for this situation and I blessed Chris Arreola with the opportunity.
"It's time to fight. He's 'The Nightmare' and I'm a knockout artist. What makes me special is the way I knock people out. Go look at the people I've knocked out and see what I've given them.
"This is going to be another story for me to write in the history books. I can feel it. It's going to be a great show. Don't miss it.
"I appreciated everyone who comes out for me when I'm here fighting at home. I'm really excited about this show. You know the words at the end of the night will be 'And still! Heavyweight champion of the world.'"
"I'm ready for this fight. I'm more ready than I've ever been. I'm hungry. This isn't a cakewalk. I respect Deontay, that's why I trained for you. Come fight time, there's no respect, it's time to fight.
"One thing no one can question about me is my heart. I'm going to come at him but be smart. My goal is to take home that title and make history.
"I want to thank Deontay for giving me this opportunity. I am a sleeping giant. I'm being underestimated. Place your bets on me and make some money."