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Chris Arreola reportedly Deontay Wilder's choice for next opponent

"The Nightmare" has just one official win in his last four fights.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Disappointed that Deontay Wilder didn't wind up fighting Alexander Povetkin? That disappointment's not going away anytime soon. Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times reports that Wilder, who was recently granted a voluntary title defense following Povetkin's failed drug test, is looking to face veteran Chris Arreola in the near future.

Props to Bingo762 for calling it.

Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KO) hasn't turned in a good performance since blowing out Seth Mitchell back in 2013. In his four fights since, he's been knocked out by Bermane Stiverne, come in overweight against Curtis Harper in an uninspiring eight-round win, escaped with a draw against Fred Kassi, and won a highly questionable decision over Travis Kaufman that was later overturned due to marijuana.

Literally the only possible angle with which to justify this farce, which East Side Boxing picked up on, is that Wilder had some issues with Eric Molina last year while Arreola knocked him cold in 2012. I desperately, desperately hope that Pugmire's sources are full of it.

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