Chris Arreola: 'Defeat could lead to retirement'

Arreola: 'Defeat could lead to retirement'
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American heavyweight Chris Arreola admits that he would consider retirement if he loses to Seth Mitchell on Saturday night.

American heavyweight Chris Arreola has admitted that his bout with Seth Mitchell is a "must-win fight".

The winner of the all-American encounter could put himself in line for a world title opportunity against either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, but Arreola has hinted that he will retire from the sport should he come up short against Mitchell.

The 32-year-old told reporters: "This is a must-win fight. I respect his conditioning and his determination to be somebody. Mitchell was a good football player, but I've been in this game too long to lose to somebody like that.

"If I lose to some guy like Seth Mitchell, I would seriously contemplate retirement. I'm not a gatekeeper and I never want be that guy you beat so my name looks good on your resume. I'm not that kind of a fighter. I'm a world-class athlete, a world-class boxer."

Arreola has a professional record of 32 wins from 35 fights, while Mitchell has lost just once in 26 encounters.

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