Deontay Wilder’s Next Title Defense Will Be Against Chris Arreola

Deontay Wilder’s Next Title Defense – According to various news outlets, WBC World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title against Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder was scheduled to fight Alexander Povetkin in a mandatory title defense on May 21 in Moscow, but that match was scuttled when Povetkin tested positive for the banned drug meldonium. The WBC, which is still investigating the matter, ruled that Wilder was entitled to a voluntary defense until things were sorted out.

The 30-year-old Wilder, born and raised in Tuscaloosa, made his first two title defenses in his home state, dismissing outclassed Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas here in Birmingham.

Chris Arreola, born in Los Angeles, resides in the southern California community of Escondido. This will be his second stab at the WBC World heavyweight title. In 2009, he was stopped in 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko. The 35-year-old, 6’3” Arreola has had weight issues in the past, but came in a relatively trim 236 ½ pounds for his last outing on Dec. 12 when he met Travis Kauffman in a 12-round contest at San Antonio. Arreola got off the deck to win a narrow decision, but the verdict was changed to “no contest” when he tested positive for marijuana. Arreola also tested positive for marijuana in July of 2011 after winning a lopsided decision over Friday Ahunanya at Atlantic City. The man likes his weed.

It will be interesting to see how this new development sits with Alexander Povetkin’s Russian promoter Andrey Ryabinsky. On May 30, Povetkin’s management issued a press release saying that new tests taken after the Wilder-Povetkin match was cancelled proved that the boxer was clean. Ryabinsky threatened to sue the testing agency and everyone in the media that assailed Povetkin for being a cheater.

Notwithstanding his impressive record, Deontay Wilder has yet to fight a top-shelf opponent. Chris Arreola isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the major sanctioning bodies. Unconfirmed rumors have the Wilder-Arreola match being televised on FOX.

Deontay Wilder’s Next Title Defense


-Gabrielito :

I haven't seen anything in Arreola's history to suggest he can beat Wilder. I'd rather see Wilder fight Briggs if this is the case. Arreola could well be shot-ski.

-Radam G :

BTW, this is Chis's third stab at the WBC paper belt. Don't forget that he was also stopped in a shot with the "Haitian Sensation" B-Ware Stiverne. Holla!

-Kid Blast :

Arreola reminds me of Solis who reminded me of a fat slob. These guys who don't train but get big paydays need to exit the sport. Arreola had his chance and blew it. This will be a decapitation-type slaughter as soon as Wilder connects with one of his looping right hands ala Szpilka. Get the stretcher ready because this is a terrible mismatch that could end up badly for boxing.

-Gabrielito :

Was the plan always to face Arreola?

-deepwater2 :

Was the plan always to face Arreola?

-Bernie Campbell :

A real load of crap, Wilder should be in there with Ortiz, no bones about it!

-Shoulder Roll Defense :

It's back to the drawing board for team "bomb squad." I am not hating on the Wilder, not his fault Povetkin is a dirty muthapucka. And as far as fighting Arreola, heck he is following Joe Louis' shoes. Arreola when been a "bum of the month" opponent in back in the "Brown Bomber's" day. Don't hate Wilder, hate the game. Holla!

-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Don't hate Wilder, hate the game. It isn't his fault that Povetkin is a dirty fighter and that Arreola is a excellent "bum of the month" opponent. Get that easy money Wilder, like 2 Pac said, "I ain't mad at you." Bomb Squad............!

-Bernie Campbell :

Wilder has no excuses. So Povetkin is a dirty mf How do you know that the whole fight wasn't a conspiracy by both sides? Wilder hasn't proved nothing yet. In the amatures and in the pros. Why is he ducking Ortiz? Next year Ortiz turns forty! Wilder ain't nothing but a low Frisco.

-John Wilkinson :

Arreola probably doesn't have his confidence up anymore. He used to be a threat. It'll be quite "The Shock" should he do anything there. I think, the best his team can hope for is to try and take Wilder the distance again! Give him some resistence. Keep from being smeared.

-Tex Hassler :

Arreola always makes a great effort but I fear this is a hill to steep for him to climb. I also see nothing to indicate Chris has a chance to win, but I have been wrong before.