By Ryan Burton
Henry Ramirez, trainer of heavyweight contender Chris 'The Nightmare' Arreola (36-4-1, 31KOs), has confirmed to BoxingScene.com that his fighter will face WBC champion Deontay 'Bronze Bomber' Wilder (36-0, 35KOs) on July 16th in Birmingham, AL.
The fight will be televised as the headline bout of a prime time edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox TV.
BoxingScene.com's Jake Donovan had previously broke the details of the fight with Arreola serving as one of the two frontrunners to face Wilder.
Arreola last fought in December when he got off the floor in the third round to win a very tough twelve round majority decision over Travis Kauffman. After the fight he tested positive for marijuana and the fight was changed to a no-contest.
This will be Arreola's third time challenging for a world title after failing in past efforts against Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne. Wilder captured the title last January with a twelve round decision over Stiverne and since then has made three successful title defenses, including a vrutal knockout in January over Polish contender Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder, who hails from Tuscaloosa, which is a short drive from Birmingham, was supposed to face his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin on May 21st in Moscow, Russia - but the fight was postponed by the World Boxing Council when the Russian also failed a drug test.
Wilder was granted permission to make a voluntary defense by the WBC while it continues its investigation of Povetkin. The WBC is supposed to rule on Povetkin's status as mandatory challenger in the near future.
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