CHRIS ARREOLA has stepped into the breach to face Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on July 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I’m ready for this opportunity to fight Deontay. I’m going to get up there and give everyone in Birmingham a great show. That is my job. I always come ready to fight. I always come ready for a brawl,” Arreola warned the champion. “Deontay is one of the biggest names. One of the better names out there because of his skills that he has shown. I have to be prepared.

“I have to make the best out of this opportunity. He is doing what he is supposed to do as a champion. He is defending his title.

“I have to approach this fight different than any others. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Deontay has a lot to lose. He is going to come prepared. He knows what kind of fighter I am. I am going to give it my all.

“Deontay is a tough S.O.B. An athlete has to be ready for that right hand and that jab. Be careful and be ready at all times.

“I love boxing. I love boxing fans whether they are with me or against me. They give energy to their fighters and it is just me and Deontay in the ring. There is no one that will be able to help Deontay and no one that can help me when that bell rings. That is what I love about boxing. It is the most gentlemanly sport there is. At the end of the day, it is going to be one-on-one.”