LOS ANGELES (AP) - Vitali Klitschko has agreed to defend his WBC
heavyweight title against rising prospect Chris Arreola at Staples
Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 26.
Arreola promoter Dan Goossen confirmed details of the much-rumored fight to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The bout will be the 38-year-old Klitschko's third fight since returning from a layoff of nearly four years to beat Samuel Peter late last year. Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) hoped to fight England's David Haye in Germany on Sept. 12 before Haye backed out last month, choosing to fight Nikolai Valuev instead.
So Klitschko has agreed to the third major fight of his career in Los Angeles. He'll take on Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), who grew up east of Los Angeles in Riverside.
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