Arreola scored two knockdowns in the first round, and another in each of the two following rounds of Saturday night’s third-round knockout of Rafael Butler at Domo De La Feria, in Leon, Mexico.
The 6-foot-4 Arreola improved to 34-2 with his sixth straight win, his third consecutive knockout and his 29th career stoppage victory to remain in line for a shot against WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titleholder Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs).
Klitschko’s trainer, Manny Steward, told RingTV.com that he and Klitschko would have preferred to face Arreola rather than Mormeck, a winner of three straight heavyweight bouts but still small for the division at under six feet tall and fighting at around 215 pounds. The 35-year-old Klitschko stands 6-foot-6 and fights at around 245.
“I know that it’s a fight that he wants and it’s a fight that we want. Chris has an opponent, Wladimir has an opponent,” Ramirez, told RingTV.com recently. “Obviously, them fighting pretty close to each other, if everything works out, that would be great.”
The 27-year-old Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) has lost four straight fights, including the past three by knockouts in the first, sixth and third rounds against David Price, Tye Fields and now Arreola.
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