Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will return to the boxing ring for the primary time in over a yr when he faces former title challenger Chris Arreola on the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, Calif.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) final fought in December 2019 when he got here up quick in protection of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles towards Anthony Joshua. He misplaced a unanimous choice in a extremely anticipated rematch on the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The battle got here six months after Ruiz shocked the world and stopped Joshua within the seventh spherical to turn into the unified champion and hand Joshua his first defeat as an expert.
Since the loss, Ruiz opted to depart longtime coach Manny Robles and be part of forces with Eddy Reynoso, who additionally trains Canelo Alvarez, Oscar Valdez and Ryan Garcia. Not solely that, Ruiz has dropped a substantial quantity of weight and seems to be in the perfect form of his life heading into the battle with Arreola.
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs and a couple of No Contests) has lengthy been a fan favourite as a consequence of his all-action type. Unfortunately, he has typically fallen quick in championship alternatives with losses to Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne, Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko. The 40-year-old is aware of that it’s now or by no means if he ever plans to get one other shot at a championship. Can he pull off the upset?
Here’s every little thing it’s good to know concerning the upcoming battle.
When is Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola?
- Date: May 1, 2021
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Ruiz-Arreola principal occasion: Midnight ET (approximate)
The Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola PPV principal card begins at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night time, with the champions anticipated to make their ring walks at roughly midnight ET, relying on the size of the sooner fights.
What TV channel is Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola on?
The Ruiz vs. Arreola battle is a FOX Sports PBC occasion that’s out there through pay-per-view by means of many cable and satellite tv for pc suppliers; verify along with your native supplier for extra info.
How a lot does Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola value?
Where is Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola going down?
The Ruiz-Arreola battle will happen on the Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, Calif. It would be the second time Ruiz competes on the out of doors venue whereas Arreola fights on the facility for the primary time.
Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola odds
Odds courtesy of Draft Kings.
- Ruiz Jr.: -3335
- Arreola: +900
The former unified heavyweight champion is a large favourite at -3335, which implies that one must wager $3335 simply to earn a revenue of $100. Arreola is a former title challenger however has routinely come up quick in huge moments. He’s an enormous underdog at +900, the place a $100 guess would return $900.
Andy Ruiz Jr. document and bio
Born: Sept. 11, 1989
Reach: 74 inches
Total fights: 35
Record: 33-2 with 22 knockouts
Chris Arreola document and bio
Born: March 5, 1981
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 47
Record: 38-6-1, 33 knockouts (2 No Contests)
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola battle card
- Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola; Heavyweight
- Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Abel Ramos; Welterweight
- Sebastian Fundora vs. Jorge Cota; Junior Middleweight
- Jesus Ramos vs. Javier Molina; Welterweight