On Saturday, May 1, former unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) and Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) will headline an all-Mexican pay-per-view event, live from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA. The event will be presented by FOX Sports/PBC Pay-Per-View.
This will be Ruiz’ first in-ring appearance since losing the unified WBA/WBO and IBF/IBO heavyweight titles in a December 2019 rematch to Anthony Joshua. Six months earlier, Ruiz, who replaced Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller after he was pulled from the fight after having tested positive for PEDs within six weeks of challenging for the titles, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Ruiz, on June 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, ruined Joshua’s U.S. in-ring debut with a come-from-behind Knockout of Joshua to become boxing’s first heavyweight champion of Mexican-decent.
Ruiz appeared out-of-shape for the rematch, as Joshua regained the unified titles following a unanimous decision win in Saudi Arabia. After nearly 18 months removed from losing one of the biggest fight of his career, Ruiz returns to face Chris Arreola in what will should be a high-stakes heavyweight fight.
“I have known Chris Arreola since I turned professional,” Ruiz stated. “He’s a Mexican warrior just like me, and I expect him to come at me with everything he’s got. This is going to be an action packed event between fighters who do not go backwards. I will be smart and ready to do whatever it takes to get the win and put myself back in position to become heavyweight champion again.”
Arreola has a lot of experience during his 17-year professional career. Arreola has challenged for the WBC heavyweight championship three times against Vitali Klitschko, Bermaine Stiverne, and Deontay Wilder, but failed each time. Arreola, however, does have quality wins against Jameel McCline, Travis Walker, Seth Mitchell, Chazz Witherspoon, Eric Molina, and Jean Pierre Augustine.
When everyone though Arreola was on his last legs and that his career was over, Arreola engaged Adam Kownacki into one of the most exciting heavyweight wars in recent memory in front of a packed house at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, August 2019.
Nearly two years later, Arreola, who recently turned 40 in March, returns to the main event landscape on pay-per-view to fight one of the most overachieving fighters in boxing today. Ruiz has spent months training with Canelo Alvarez, arguably one of the best fighters in boxing ‘pound-for-pound.’ Ruiz appears to be getting into the best shape of his life in camp with Canelo, who is also training for a huge fight with fellow world 168-lb. champion, Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring on May 1,” Ruiz said. “Training with coach Eddy [Reynoso] in his gym has been amazing. I’m around great fighters like Canelo Alvarez and we’re putting in the work so that I can look better than ever.”
In other bouts: Omar Figueroa (28-1-1, 19 KOs) will clash with Abel Ramos (26-4-2, 20 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round welterweight fight. Unbeaten super-welterweight contender Sebastian Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) battles Jorge Cota (30-4, 27 KOs). Plus, U.S. Olympian Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14 KOs) vs. Javier Molina (22-3, 9 KOs).
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