Deontay Wilder highlights Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions card in Birmingham, Alabama, with the fourth title defense of his WBC heavyweight championship. He’ll take on veteran Chris Arreola, who gets a third shot at making boxing history.
Arreola, 35, is looking to become the first fighter with Mexican heritage to become a heavyweight champion. It’s his third such opportunity, having come up short in the past against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and Berman Stiverne in 2014.
“I have to make it count,” Arreola said, via The Los Angeles Times. “The first time, I was too young. The second time, I got caught with a shot. But this time, I'll be ready for anything. I want to leave a legacy behind. When they talk about Chris Arreola, they're going to say, 'He did it.' I took the long road, but here we are now.”
Arreola faced tough opponents in his first two title shots, and Saturday will be more of the same. Wilder has been the most dominant American heavyweight of the last decade, going 36-0 with 35 knockouts. He’s a big favorite over Arreola, fighting two months after his fight against Alexander Povetkin was cancelled.
Prior to Wilder vs. Arreola, Sammy Vasquez Jr. and Felix Diaz will face off as the other televised fight on the card. Both fighters came in under the welterweight limit of 147 pounds on Friday.
A few hours before the Premier Boxing Champions card, Guillermo Rigondeaux will defend his super bantamweight championship in Wales against Jazza Dickens. Rigondeaux looks to improve his record to 16-0, though the bout won’t air live in the United States.
Wilder vs. Arreola
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Online Stream: FOX Sports Go
Rigondeaux vs. Dickens
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV Channel/Online Stream: BoxNation