The New Generation: Interview with Light Welterweight Prospect 'Mighty' Mike Arnaoutis
By Benny Henderson Jr. (Aug 4, 2004) 
'Mighty' Mike Arnaoutis
On August 5th lightning fast "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis 10-0-1 (4) will be facing hard-hitting Juan Urango 13-0 (10) for the NABO light welterweight title on Showtime ShoBox: The New Generation. A native of Greece who now resides in Atlantic City, NJ, Arnaoutis fights for Cestus Management had a spectacular amateur career. In the unpaid ranks he went 103-7 (68) and won 8 Greece National Titles and had 6 Gold, 4 Silver, and 3 Bronze Medals in International Titles. The 135 lb, 5'11" southpaw wants more than to just win on August 5th. He wants to show the boxing world, his fans and future opponents that he is the real deal and championship material. Arnaoutis says that he is ready to take on the world and to get to the top starts with Urango. It won't be easy getting past the Columbian knockout artist, but Mike says that you can't hurt what you can't hit. His manager Gina Lacovou expects Arnaoutis to frustrate, pick apart and then destroy Juan Urnago this Thursday. So tune in to ShoBox to see if Mike Arnaoutis is 'The New Generation'. 'Mighty' Mike stopped by the Doghouse to talk about his upcoming bout and his future in boxing.

Benny Henderson Jr.: How excited are you to be able to showcase your talents on Showtime?

Mike Arnaoutis: I'm very excited.  I'm going to put on a great show, and I want to thank Cestus Management and Showtime for making it all happen.

BH: How has your training been going?

MA: It's been going well.  I'm training with Mr. Bill Johnson in Atlantic City, and we've been working very hard in the gym.  I know Urango is working hard too, so I have to work harder than him every single day.

BH: Juan Urango has 10 kayos in 13 fights. How concerned are you about his punching power?

I'm aware of it, but I'm not concerned.  He can't hit me if he can't catch me.  Besides, none of the fighters he knocked out were on my level, not even close.

BH: Can you give us some of your fight plan?

MA: Without saying too much, I'm going to make Urango really work.  I'm a real fighter, a boxer/puncher and a pedigree athlete, so I'm going to use everything in my arsenal to defeat him.

BH: What inspired you to wanna box?

MA: I love to entertain people, to make them smile.  I've always been an entertainer, a showman.

BH: What can the fight fans expect from you in the future?

MA: After this fight, the fans can expect me to be fighting the best in the world.  This is my chance to make a statement in the junior welterweight division, and I plan on following through.

BH: What statement do you want to make to the boxing world the night of August 5th?

MA: I want to say that I am here, and I'm prepared to fight the best competition in the division and defeat them. 

BH: What do you fell your best quality as fighter is?

MA: Handspeed and accuracy.  With fast hands and accurate punches, you will be much more effective than a fighter like Juan Urango who is strong but doesn't land well.  When I want to hit you on the chin, I hit you on the chin, and you don't see it coming either.

BH: Would you like to say anything to the fans, and to Juan Urango?

MA: All you have to do is watch.  My performance on the fifth of August will speak for itself, so I don't need to say anything else.  All anyone has to do is turn on the television and watch.

I would like to thank Damien Picariello for his time and all his help. I would also like to thank Mike Arnaoutis for talking with the Doghouse.
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