British heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte 28-2 (19) would be prepared to travel to the US to face Chris ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola 38-7-1 (33).
The 40-year-old Californian put up a good show in a losing effort against Andy Ruiz Jr 34-2 (22) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California last Saturday night. Arreola lost a unanimous decision but not before dropping the former WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion in the second round and having him in trouble in the third.
Londoner Whyte, 32, avenged his loss to Alexander Povetkin 36-3-1 (25) with a fourth-round knockout victory over the Russian veteran in Gibraltar in March. The 41-year-old Povetkin previously scored a one-punch, come from behind win over Whyte in Brentwood, Essex, knocking him out with a left uppercut in the fifth round last August.
Whyte, who was the longtime WBC number one contender leading into the first fight against Povetkin, is keen to keep the momentum going now he has his career back on track.
A stay-busy fight against the always tough Arreola in the summer is a distinct possibility.
“I think also Chris Arreola might be somebody to look at because he just acquitted himself well against Adam Kownacki and Andy Ruiz,” Whyte told Sky Sports’ Toe 2 Toe podcast.
“It would be good if I could blow him away in four or five rounds as well because my name has been matched with Andy Ruiz and those kinds of guys.
“I thought he [Arreola] won the fight with Andy Ruiz, to be honest. I thought he won it by a split decision. He’s another for us to look at as well. He’s well known, a tough guy. Three-time world title challenger. Very good Mexican fighter as well.
“Arreola fights like a real Mexican, unlike that fat, fake Mexican. Like I said before, Candy Ruiz is all stomach and no heart. He had 30 pounds of fat sucked out of him and he still looks like a messy blob.”
Whyte is confident he could deliver the sort of statement performance against Arreola that Ruiz failed to do.
“He’s a joker. If I fight Chris Arreola, I’ll knock him out,” Whyte said. “It’s not disrespecting to Chris Arreola, he’s a good fighter. A tough guy, obviously he’s got a great chin.
“If you’re at the level that we are, according to him, a top-five heavyweight in the world? He didn’t even put me in the top five heavyweights in the world. He put me in the top 15 or something when he did his top-five ranking.
“The fact is I’m number three in the Ring magazine rankings and have beaten three of the current top 10, including guys who’ve beaten Ruiz. He should be knocking Chris Arreola out. If I fight Chris Arreola, I’ll stop him. Five rounds, Chris Arreola will get stopped.”