Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, of Riverside, Calif, will face Alonzo Butler, of Chattanooga, Tenn., on Nov. 5 at Domo De La Feria, Leon in Guanajuato, Mexico, his first time fighting in that country.
The 6-foot-4 Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) has won five straight fights, including three by knockout, and is coming off a unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya in July.
Arreola’s promoter, Dan 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.
The 31-year-old Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs) is 3-2 in his past five fights, with three stoppage victories, and is coming off a majority decision loss to Travis Walker in May.
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.
Wladimir Klitschko is slated for a defense opposite 39-year-old former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Dec. 10.
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