Lem Satterfield

Arreola to return in November

Promoter Dan Goossen told RingTV.com that heavyweight contender Chris Arreola will face an opponent to be determined on Nov. 5 in Mexico, his first time fighting in that country.

The 6-foot-4 Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., has won five straight fights, including three by knockout, and is coming off a unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya in July.

Goossen said the fight will be broadcast on Televisa, a Mexican multimedia company that is among the largest mass media companies in Latin America. Considered a major international entertainment business, much of Televisa’s programming airs in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract.

Arreola weighed 251, and, 250, respectively, during his only losses — a 10th-round knockout by 40-year-old WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) in September 2009, and a majority decision to Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) in April of last year.

But since falling short against Adamek, Arreola has steadily dropped weight, tipping the scales at 236 pounds for each of his past two fights.

Manny Steward, the trainer of 35-year-old WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), has told RingTV.com that he would like Arreola to be Klitschko’s next opponent.

“I know that at 235 pounds, Chris Arreola is doing something right,” said Steward in July. “He’s clearly become more serious with his training and he would make Wladimir fight.”


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