Chris Arreola knows he does not deserve title shot against Wilder, so he wants to take advantage of it

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions


Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) will defend his title against Chris Arreola of Riverside on July 16 at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox). The
defense is interesting because Arreola is 1-1-1 with a no-contest in his past four fights.

The no-contest came after Arreola defeated Travis Kauffman this past December in San Antonio, only to have the victory taken away when he tested positive for marijuana.
Arreola this week was taken to task on the pot test as well as the notion he does not deserve this shot.

“Let’s just get this straight, man. It’s a failed marijuana test,” Arreola said during a conference call. “If you want to say that marijuana’s a PED, then people are
(expletive) idiots. This is my opinion, OK? So, they want to take my win away over that, whatever, fine, take my win. I don’t care.

“Do I deserve this title shot? No, I don’t think I do.”

To Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), that means he should do all he can to take advantage of it.

“Everything I didn’t do in the past, I’m doing,” he said. “Everything that I wasn’t supposed to do, I’m not doing it. So I’m doing everything I possibly can to win this fight. Everything. I’ve gotta leave everything in the ring.”

Arreola has failed in two previous title shots, being stopped inside the distance by Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne.


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Vitali Klitschko steps down as WBC heavyweight champion ahead of political run

Vitali Klitschko has stepped down as WBC heavyweight champion so he can concentrate on running for president of his native Ukraine. Klitschko, 42, has not defended his title in some 15 months. Accordingly, the WBC has named him champion emeritus, meaning if and when he decides to continue his career, he can challenge the champion at that time.

This could mean that Bermane Stiverne and Riverside’s Chris Arreola, the Nos. 1- and 2-ranked contenders, will fight for the vacant title. But if Stiverne does not settle his litigation with his promoter – Don King – and is unable to fight, Arreola and No. 3 Deontay Wilder could fight for the title.

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Wladimir Klitschko to make another defense

If you are waiting for something to watch Saturday as a prelude to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view), catch heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his title defense against Francesco Pianeta from Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (on Epix) at 1:30 p.m.

Klitschko, 37, of the Ukraine, will be defending all three of his major belts. He is 59-3 with 50 knockouts, and has made 13 successful defenses. Pianeta, 28, of Italy, is 28-0-1 with 15 knockouts.

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