Luis Arias Says Tony Harrison is Soft, Full of Excuses, & Dodging Tough Fights
In the sport of boxing, securing the big names is not always the easiest thing to do. In fact, it can be downright vexing. This somewhat sums up how middleweight boxer Luis “Cuba” Arias (19-3-1, 9 KO’s) feels about facing former WBC super welterweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (28-3-1, 21 KO’s). According to Arias, as he explained to Fight Hype, he has fruitlessly chased an official duel date with Super Bad for some time.
“These other guys at 154-pounds were just fucking bullshitting! I just saw that Tony Harrison is about to fight a Spanish guy who lost on the same night [as me]! So, me and him were going to fight. I saw the call get made for me and Harrison to fight. And then he killed the deal on his end because he was bitching and complaining about whatever he was bitching and complaining about.
[…] So the door opened up for me and Harrison to fight again and once again some bullshit happens! I wrote him on InstaGram! I was like, ‘Yo, did they offer you the fight?’ He read my shit, didn’t answer. Then, as soon as I lost, he got to talking shit! Like I fucked up the fight between me and him, and I’m like, ‘the fight can still happen even though I am coming off a loss!’ […] now he is going to fight in April against a guy who just lost! He lost the same night I lost, so what’s the excuse?!”
THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD?
While there is no question that Arias wants to pen a bout with Harrison, his professional journey has been rather spotty as of late. Not only is he coming off a split decision loss to the wildly undistinguished Vaughn Alexander, the Wisconsin native is 1-3-1 in his last five fights.
Even more distressing, his last conqueror, Vaughn Alexander, entered their bout 1-4-1 in his previous collection of fights. In fact, until he beat Arias, Alexander had not tasted the thrill of victory since August of 2019. Despite the defeat, Luis Arias still considers his 2021 as a great come back year. This is because, until his two 2021 dance dates with Jarret Hurd, a split decision win, and the Alexander dust-up, Arias had been out of action since 2019.
“Overall I think I had a great year, I had a good comeback year.”
DON’T WANT NO SMOKE!
Putting his own lackluster run to the side, Arias believes that the biggest factor in not getting Harrison is fear! This is because there is no other reason that be can fathom that would have prevented the prizefight from happening.
“He soft, he don’t really want to fight, he want an easy payday! He gasses too much and he’s chinny. I’m a bad fight for him!”
It will be interesting to see how Harrison responds to Arias’s talking points. Super Bad is most certainly in need of a big win. In his very last bout, Harrison was outrageously fortunate enough to receive a split decision win over Bryant Perrella in a fight that he should have lost. In the fight prior to Perrella, Harrison was beaten and stopped by Jermell Charlo. Therefore, it will be extremely revealing to see who, and what level of competition, Super Bad challenges himself with next. Going by his recent snubbing behavior though, he will not be facing Arias any time soon!
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By: Bakari Simpson