30-year-old Chris Arreola (32-2 28 KO) will fight for the fourth time this year against Friday Ahunanya on July 9 according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. The fight will be on the undercard of a HBO doubleheader but will not be televised.
HBO said it would show highlights though. Arreola's team was also considering Rich Power, Travis Walker, Mike Mollo, and local fighter Nicolai Firth. Walker was knocked out in the third round by Arreola back in 2008.
Ahunanya (24-7-3 13 KO) is 39-years-old and has been around the block. He has fought and lost to David Tua, Alexander Povetkin, former heavyweight titleholders Sergei Liakhovich and Sultan Ibragimov, and Dominick Guinn, against whom he fought to a draw.
He has lost his last two against David Tua and Cisse Salif, but has only been knocked out one time in 2004 by Lance Whitaker. He has bursted the bubbles of Shane Cameron, in 2007, and Alonzo Butler, in 2008.
He also drew against Franklin Lawrence which looks better now then it did then. As far as short notice opponents go, this is a good one. I have no problem with it and if nothing else he is a durable guy that will give the new slim Arreola rounds.
It is nice to see Arreola staying active, and if you ask me that is the only way he is going to stay thin. He loves to fight and there is no reason that he should be out of the ring.
His team seems to realized this and have kept him really busy. Hopefully he can put together a good fighter after this and get back in the title picture.