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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko worked with trainer Fritz Sdunek and addressing the media and fans before facing off with opponent Cristobal Arreola during Wednesday's free open workout at Muscle Beach in Venice, CA.
In a collision of knockout specialists, the popular Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will defend against the No. 1-ranked Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) in the main event this Saturday, Sept. 26, at Staples Center.
Tickets can be purchased at Staples Center , all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com .
The 12-round world championship will be promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. It will air live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. Doors open Saturday at 4 o'clock.
“I enjoy this time. I enjoy this moment. I enjoy this moment by bringing my friends a title fight in Los Angeles. It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a teenager. This time everybody is saying, ‘sorry, we don’t believe you can do it.’ I will show my skills and punch in the ring on Saturday.
“This will be fight No. 3 at Staples Center and I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. I have a lot of friends here and Los Angeles has a huge boxing community. It’s the Goossens, the home of a lot of fighters. To be at Staples Center -- for me, it’s the biggest arena and I’m ready to fight there.
“I’m always in shape. It’s never tough to get in shape. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don't do drugs. I always, always maintain the fitness.''