‘I’m going to bring the fight to him!’: Chris Arreola reveals ‘talks’ with Anthony Joshua are underway on December 3 and the 41-year-old insists he will cause British heavyweight ‘nightmares’ because he has a ‘ dog in the ring
- Chris Arreola says he’d be a ‘nightmare’ opponent for Anthony Joshua
- He says AJ will ‘know he’s in a fight’ when they go head to head on December 3rd
- Arreola – who previously fought Any Ruiz Jr – is a 41-year-old Mexican boxer
- He was born in the US but has Mexican parents and calls himself Mexican
- He says AJ can’t handle Mexican boxers after recording his first loss to Ruiz
Former world title challenger Chris Arreola says he would be a ‘nightmare’ for Anthony Joshua and described himself as a ‘dog in the ring’ after confirming they were in talks about a possible fight on December 3.
AJ is looking to return to the ring after a second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August, having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian mastermind in September last year.
Arreola – who last fought against former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr in May 2021 – has said Joshua will “know he’s in a fight” when they go head-to-head later this year.
Former world title challenger Chris Arreola says he would be a ‘nightmare’ for Anthony Joshua
Arreola – who has also shared the ring with Deontay Wilder – called out Joshua last week, telling the Briton they have to ‘make this bastard happen’.
The 41-year-old has now confirmed that ‘talks’ are underway and promised to give Joshua the fight of his life later this year.
Speak with FightingHype, he said: ‘There are conversations and they are trying to find out if something is happening. If it doesn’t happen, I don’t care. I fight anyway. I fight in December.
“I’m getting my ass back in the ring. I would fight in September. I would fight in May. Everything is always pushed back. It’s part of boxing. I’m fine with that, but I have to fight this year.
AJ is looking to return to the ring after a second consecutive defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August, having lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September last year.
Arreola last fought in May 2021 against former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr (above)
“It’s either you, Joshua or someone else. Whoever it is, they will have a nightmare that day. I’m going to tell you the truth. I am the type of fighter who likes to fight. I love what I do.
“I’m grateful to be a great Mexican. I am thankful that I am a heavyweight. I am grateful to be a fighter. I get paid to fight, and if I go to fight, that’s a good thing for me. So if I fight someone like Joshua, I’ll bring him the fight.
“I’m going to make sure he knows he’s confused. I’m going to make sure he knows you can hit me, but I’m going to get back up and we’ll keep fighting. I am a dog. There’s a dog inside me.’
Arreola went on to suggest that AJ could compete against Mexican fighters after being told one of his losses was to a Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz Jr was crowned the winner on May 1, 2021 after a unanimous 12-lap decision (above)
Arreola further suggested that AJ could compete against Mexican fighters after being told one of his losses was to a Ruiz Jr (pictured above)
Arreola said, “There could be something there. That’s why he went to get a Mexican trainer because he had to learn a little Mexican style, you know what I mean?
“One training camp with a Mexican trainer doesn’t make you a Mexican fighter, as we’ve seen. The first few laps with him and Usyk looked like he was doing some Mexican thing he learned from Diaz. But after a while you go back to your old tricks, and we saw how it turned out with Usyk.’
Arreola – who has been defeated in three of his last five fights – would be a left field choice for AJ after his Battle of Britain clash with Tyson Fury fell through.
However, Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Joshua wants to return to the ring on December 3 and is open to multi-party negotiations.