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Will Hometown Heavyweight Become World Champion Tonight?

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Name the last boxer of Mexican descent to hold the heavyweight title.

Go ahead. Do you give up? You can't name one, can you?

That's because there's never been one.

It's shocking that the rich tradition of Mexican fighters has never produced a heavyweight champion. Tonight that all can change when Riverside's own Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola challenges WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the Staples Center.

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While the hometown heavyweight may not be a household name, some experts believe a win tonight could be exactly what Chris and the once glorious division needs. HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant told the LA Times that Arreola has a shot at being the "heavyweight version of Oscar (De La Hoya)." Boxing promoter Lou Di Bella called him "the most compelling character we have — a Mexican kid with balls" in an interview with

This just a small sample of all the praise pundits of the sport have awarded Arreola. However, it will be a tall task, literally, for the undefeated #1 contender to leave the Staples Center being called "World Champion" by Michael Buffer tonight.