Chris Arreola fights for the fourth time this year on July 9. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Chris Arreola will fight for the fourth time this year on July 9, as the popular heavyweight contender stays active to stay in shape and work his way back to a big fight. Arreola will feature off television on the July 9 card in Atlantic City, main evented on HBO by Paul Williams' comeback fight against Erislandy Lara.
Arreola (32-2, 28 KO) has stopped Joey Abell, Nagy Aguilera and Kendrick Releford this year, the latter two coming 13 days apart in May. And in the bigger and better news, Arreola has trimmed down to the mid-230s on the scales, down from a career-worst 263 in December 2009, and bringing back some fans who had given up on the fighter due to his perceived indifference to giving his best to his career.
The 30-year-old Mexican-American will face Nigeria's Friday Ahunanya (24-7-3, 13 KO) in what doesn't amount to much of a new test, but serves to keep Arreola active and hopefully in shape. Ahunanya, 39, has only been stopped once in his career, which came in 2004 against Lance Whitaker. Most recently, the veteran has lost his last two, a pair of decisions to David Tua and Cisse Salif. The six-round loss to Salif came on May 24 in California.
The HBO televised card will also feature a 122-pound title fight between Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KO) and Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KO).