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Wilder, Arreola in Los Angeles

Photo: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions

On Tuesday afternoon, heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola met in downtown Los Angeles to promote their July 16 fight, which takes place at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder was to have defended his WBC belt against Alexander Povetkin on May 21, but the fight was canceled when Povetkin tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium. Now with the WBC having granted Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) a voluntary title defense, Arreola has stepped in to get one more title opportunity.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity. A lot of people say that I don’t deserve this title fight. A lot of people said Deontay didn’t deserve his title shot. I said that. But when he got it, he made the most out of it. He beat the guy who beat me,” said Arreola.

“He’s defended his title and done everything you’re supposed to do as a champion,” added Arreola. “I respect him a lot. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Wilder, who was happy to have someone to fight while the issue with Povetkin is sorted out said,

“This is going to be an exciting fight for everyone. It’s two dangerous heavyweights. Two guys who fight with their hearts. It’s going to be an action-packed fight from beginning to end.

“People said Arreola doesn’t deserve the shot, but who are they to say things about a man who every time he gets in the ring, fights with his heart.

“I feel like this is a special occasion. It’s a short notice fight. A lot of guys said they would take it, but used the short notice as an excuse. It takes a lot to put together a fight. But when you can get someone who can make the best of this and put on a great show, it’s a job well done.”

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