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Eddie Hearn reveals American heavyweight Chris Arreola is ‘frontrunner’ to take on Dillian Whyte

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‘He brings a war every time he fights’: Eddie Hearn reveals American heavyweight Chris Arreola is the ‘leader’ to beat Dillian Whyte in his homecoming fight at the O2 Arena











Eddie Hearn has revealed Chris Arreola is the ‘frontrunner’ to face Dillian Whyte in his October homecoming fight.

The promoter confirmed on Wednesday that ‘the Body Snatcher’ would be donning the gloves again at a blockbuster event at the O2 Arena on October 30, but did not reveal who Whyte would be up against.

Hearn has now told talkSPORT that Whyte will likely face American heavyweight Arreola in the ring.

Dillian Whyte will return to the boxing ring in October, confirmed

Eddie Hearn revealed Chris Arreola (right) is the frontrunner against Whyte in the O2

Eddie Hearn revealed Chris Arreola (right) is the frontrunner against Whyte in the O2

Whyte, 33, avenged his defeat to Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round knockout in Gibraltar in March and is now set to make his mainland boxing return.

It’s been billed as a sort of homecoming, with Whyte not having fought on home soil in a high-profile British boxing arena since meeting Oscar Rivas in 2019.

‘with everything open, [it’s] the chance for him to fight at the O2 again,” Hearn said.

The 'Body Snatcher' avenged his defeat to Alexander Povetkin with a knockout in the fourth round

The ‘Body Snatcher’ avenged his defeat to Alexander Povetkin with a knockout in the fourth round

It’s been over two years since he boxed for fans in the UK. Chris Arreola is probably the frontrunner.

“That’s the fight I love because Arreola brings a war every time he fights, he just had a great fight with Andy Ruiz, and Dillian wants to fight Andy Ruiz.

“So that would be a good explanation to fight him.

“We are going to do another huge show at the O2, we have a press conference tomorrow to announce some interesting news as well.

“Dillian Whyte is back doing what he does best in all-out wars at the O2 as normal business is with us.”

The promoter billed the blockbuster event as a homecoming when he confirmed the fight on Wednesday

Whyte hasn't fought on home soil in a prominent British boxing arena since meeting Oscar Rivas in 2019

Hearn (left) confirmed Whyte’s return to the ring in October at the O2 Arena on Wednesday

Hearn also revealed that Whyte’s ultimate goal is to finally have a shot at the elusive world title in 2022.

Hearn added: “I don’t think he’s ever been happy because we all feel like we don’t have what’s fair with the WBC.

“But it’s like a broken record, isn’t it? That will legally play in the background, but he has to get out there and do what he does.

“Fight, entertain, have fun, continue to support his cause.

“Fights like Arreola – which will be picked up at a significant level in America – will continue to push his profile and put pressure on the fact that he deserves a shot at the world title.”

Promoter revealed Whyte's ultimate goal is to have a shot at the world title in 2022

Promoter revealed Whyte’s ultimate goal is to have a shot at the world title in 2022

The event will be featured by broadcasting giants DAZN, who recently increased its monthly subscription by £6 to £7.99.

The streaming service launched in the UK last December as part of a global expansion and has since been available for just £1.99 a month.

Earlier this year, DAZN signed an exclusive deal with Hearn’s Matchroom, a partnership that began this summer with a second series of Fight Camp.

DAZN has offered fights with the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith to fans on the British shores to break the stranglehold of traditional broadcasters such as Sky Sports and BT Sport.

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