Deontay Wilder vs. Chris Arreola: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream and TV Info

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 14, 2016

VESTAVIA HILLS, AL - JULY 13:  WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder participates in a media workout at Round 1 Boxing on July 13, 2016 in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.  (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KO) will defend his title against Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KO) on Saturday night in the champ's home state of Alabama. Wilder was supposed to face Alexander Povetkin, but the latter failed a pre-fight drug test and had to withdraw.

The fight will headline the next episode of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox. Wilder talked about defending the title in Alabama in this tweet from PBC:

When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

   

Last Time Out

Wilder Destroys Szpilka in January

Deontay Wilder (L) of the US extends a left against Artur Szpilka of Poland during their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, on January 16, 2016. 
Wilder knocked out Szpilka in the ninth round.  / AFP / AFP PHOTO /
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Artur Szpilka fought fairly well early on, but Wilder caught him with a devastating right hand that knocked the challenger cold in the ninth round.

WBA and WBO champion Tyson Fury stormed the ring and went nose to nose with Wilder, who was more concerned with Szpilka's health at the time. The agitated Wilder got his wits about him and came back at Fury with a few verbal jabs.

Tyson Fury of Britain (R) challeges Deontay Wilder of the US (C) after Wilder defeated Artur Szpilka of Poland in their WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, on January 16, 2016. 
Wilder knocked out Szpilka in the ni
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The two huge heavyweights established heat between them, but we're no closer to a unification bout. If Wilder beats Arreola and Fury tops Wladimir Klitschko in their rematch, perhaps the two can begin negotiations.

    

Arreola's Majority Decision Overturned in December 2015

SAN ANTONIO,TX - DECEMBER 12:  Chris Arreola(L) has words with Travis Kauffman at the end of one of their rounds in a heavyweight bout at AT&T Center on December 12, 2015 in San Antonio,Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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In a sloppy display, Arreola earned a close majority-decision victory over Travis Kauffman, who dropped Arreola on a body shot in the third round.

Arreola finished the fight strong—by his standards—and that was enough to get the victory, but not enough to make anyone excited about his chances of beating Wilder.

To make matters worse, Arreola's win was changed to a no-decision after he tested positive for marijuana.

Arreola has a history of underachieving. Per this tweet from BoxingScene.com, he knows he's fortunate to get this shot at a world title:

   

Prediction

If this fight goes beyond three rounds, it'll be a shock. Wilder is longer, faster and one of the hardest punchers in the sport. The champion will win by early knockout.

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