Deontay Wilder to fight Chris Arreola after cancellation of Povetkin bout
By Daniel Zaldivar
June 8, 2016
Deontay Wilder was originally scheduled to step into the ring with 2004 Russian gold medal winner, and one of the most dangerous in the heavyweight division, Alexander Povetkin this past May 21 in Moscow.
A failed drug test where Povetkin, 36, tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that aides in stamina called meldonium put a stop to those plans. Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), who currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, was giving up home-turf advantage by traveling across the atlantic for the fight -- which should have been one of the best heavyweight fights of the past few years.
However, as mentioned previously, the fight was called off after the failed test and the WBC granted Wilder the option to name his opponent. Southern California's Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) has received the nod and will once again fight for a world title, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael. The 35-year-old Arreola is coming off a win against Travis Kauffman that was later overturned to a no decision because of a failed marijuana test on Arreola's part. He last fought for a [vacant] world title in May of 2014 when he suffered a TKO loss to Bermane Stiverne
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