Eddie Hearn reveals ‘frontrunner’ opponent for Dillian Whyte’s upcoming fight is former Deontay Wilder foe as date and venue is confirmed

Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT that Dillian Whyte’s next fight is most likely to be against Chris Arreola on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London.

Brixton’s ‘Body Snatcher’ avenged his defeat to Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round knockout in Gibraltar in March and is now set to return to the UK mainland.

Whyte is promoted by Hearn
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The date and venue for the bout are already confirmed, with just the opponent left to finalise.

Hearn told talkSPORT’s James Savundra: “With everything opening up, [it’s] the opportunity for him to fight at the O2 again.

“It’s been over two years since he’s boxed in the UK in front of fans.

“Chris Arreola is probably the frontrunner.

Arreola has fought Vitali Klitschko, Deontay Wilder and knocked Andy Ruiz Jr down when they met in May
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“That’s the fight I like 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 statement to fight him.

“We’re gonna do another massive show at the O2, we’ve got a press conference tomorrow to announce some interesting news as well.

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

Whyte got revenge over Povetkin and is now targeting big names next year
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Ultimately though, the aim for Whyte is to finally secure an elusive world title shot in 2022.

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

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

“Fight, entertain, have fun, keep pushing his cause.

“Fights like Arreola – that will be picked up on a significant level in America – are gonna keep pushing his profile and pushing the fact that he deserves a shot at the world title.”

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