BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Less than two months after Deontay Wilder was supposed to take on Alexander Povetkin in Russia, Wilder will be back in the ring, but this time at BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham. Wilder was a bit disappointed after the cancellation of the fight against Povetkin when Povetkin tested positive for meldonium, but he’s excited to be back in his home state with another title fight on hand.

“We just want to bring all the best fights here in the state of Alabama as possible and have a great card,” Wilder said. “We’re not looking for anybody that’s going to flop or lay down or be a punching bag or whatever. Chris Arreola, people are going to be very pleased. He’s a pretty known name. I’m looking forward to having people all over the world.”
“This one is fireworks from the get-go,” Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas said. “This is a can’t miss, fireworks fight. Two of the biggest, strongest heavyweights in boxing, both of them tremendous punchers. If you blink during this fight, you’re going to miss something. You’re going to want to be tuned in from the time the fight starts until the time the fight ends because this one could end at any moment in any way possible.”

Deas said there is some danger to scheduling a fight like this on such short notice against a boxer from across the country, but he did say the one thing about Deontay Wilder, the thing that makes him a WBC heavyweight champ, is he’s always ready. He’s always in great shape. He said he could jump in the ring every month if he needed to. He will do that July 16th against Chris Arreola and it will be in Birmingham.

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