This Saturday we see Andy Ruiz Jr back in action and he looks leaner and hungrier than ever.
Saturday sees Andy Ruiz back in a boxing ring and it's been one hell of a journey for the 31-year old. He's looking to climb back up the heavyweight rankings and earn another title shot further down the line. Closer however could be a blockbuster fight against Deontay Wilder if he passes this test.
Andy Ruiz Jr has held a world title and wants to get back there. He hasn't fought since the December 2019 loss to Anthony Joshua after getting into a spiral of depression and doubts. Six months before that rematch in Saudi Arabia he made history, then got caught up in his own hype. When he beat Anthony Joshua, the then world champion, he became the first heavyweight world champ of Mexican descent.
That night in MSG was a huge shock for the boxing world and he put on an incredible show of footwork and power, perhaps surprising those who saw his physique next to the toned body of Joshua.
Now he's back and being trained by Eddy Reynoso, who helped turn Canelo into a four weight world champion and one of the greats of the modern era.
Ruiz goes into the fight 50 pounds lighter than his last fight, the loss to Joshua, and he looks like a different fighter. He's currently a -2000 favorite and when he steps into the ring at the Dignity Health Sports Park in California, on May 1, he may be shorter still.
His opponent on that day is the 40 year old Chris Arreola. Arreola is a journeyman but BoxRec did rank him as the world's 7th best heavyweight between 2008 and 2010. In 47 fights he won 38, 33 by knockout and tasted defeat 6 times. He's fought for the world title on three occasions but always fell short. He's been inactive since a loss to Adam Kownacki in August 2019 and if we're being honest, the best odds of +1000 probably look a little bit short. His last fight of any note was a retirement against Deontay Wilder in July 2016.
The fight has been moved back from November and various Covid-19 related events have been behind the moves but now it's on and Whyte is ready. He's heavy favorite at -335 and 'The Bodysnatcher' will be looking to claim the WBC's Interim Heavyweight Title.
Whyte has been around the top tier of Heavyweight fighters for some time, just behind the likes of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Povetkin is a seasoned professional who has been around the block but is getting on in age. Despite having only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua he's getting old and is deservedly +300 in the betting.
Andy Ruiz Jr v Chris Arreola Betting Breakdown
You're not going to make much money betting on Andy Ruiz here but both the bookies and bettors believe it's a lock. Despite short odds of -2000 a huge 92.31% of wagers have been on the former world champion. There have been some hefty bets placed and the big money is all going on the American-Mexican fighter.
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Where to watch Andy Ruiz Jr v Chris Arreola?
TV Channel: FOX PPV
Day: Saturday, May 1
Time: 9PM ET
Andy Ruiz Jr v Chris Arreola Undercard
- Andy Ruiz v Chris Arreola
- Erislandy Lara v Thomas Lamanna (vacant WBA Middleweight Title)
- Eduardo Ramirez v Isaac Avelar (WBA Interim Featherweight Title)
- Sebastian Fundora v Jorge Cota
- Omar Figueroa Jr v Abel Ramos
- Jesus Alejandro Ramos v Javier Molina
- Adrian Granados v Jose Luis Sanchez