Arreola-Mitchell fight nearly set

The fight isn’t a done deal yet but a good-looking heavyweight bout between former title challenger Cristobal Arreola and Seth Mitchell is nearly finalized.

Assuming the deal is done -- and both fighters are supposedly already in training for the bout -- it will take place Sept. 6 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Showtime is expected to broadcast the fight.

“Both guys are willing to fight each other and we’re trying to get everything done,” Eric Gomez, matchmaker for Mitchell promoter Golden Boy, told ESPN.com. “It’s an exciting fight because these guys will go at it.”

They are both excellent punchers and generally mix it up in their fights. It’s the kind of fight that will boost the winner big-time and really damage the future prospects for the loser.

Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs), 32, of Riverside, Calif., fought for a world title in 2009, getting stopped in the 10th round by Vitali Klitschko.

Arreola is also coming off a unanimous decision loss to Bermane Stiverne in April. That was a world title eliminator for the right to fight Klitschko. But Stiverne dropped Arreola and badly broke his nose in the third round. Somehow, Arreola was able to make it to the final bell. However, he was not really in the fight after that round. He needed surgery on his nose after the fight.

Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs), 31, of Brandywine, Md., was a late starter to boxing after turning to the sport when a knee injury wrecked his pro football chances after playing linebacker for Michigan State. He was viewed by many as a future title challenger until he ran into Johnathon Banks, a big underdog who dropped him three times and knocked him out in the second round in November. Mitchell avenged the loss on June 22, winning a unanimous decision in a very cautious performance.

“We’re working to get this fight done,” said Dan Goossen, Arreola’s promoter. “It’s a great fight for both fighters and I think it’s a great fight fans’ fight. They’ll both come at each other. Fans really love the heavyweights, especially ones that like to get in there and bang with one another.”

Goossen said Arreola’s nose is just fine now.

“He’s breathing well. He’s fine,” he said. “He had a little surgery on it and a few weeks later he was good to go.”