Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will return to the boxing ring Saturday for his first fight in more than a year when he faces former title challenger Chris Arreola at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) last fought in December 2019 when he came up short in defense of his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua. He lost a unanimous decision in a highly anticipated rematch at the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The fight came six months after Ruiz shocked the world and stopped Joshua in the seventh round to become the unified champion and hand Joshua his first defeat as a professional.
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Since the loss, Ruiz opted to leave longtime trainer Manny Robles and join forces with Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez, Oscar Valdez and Ryan Garcia. Not only that, but Ruiz has dropped a considerable amount of weight and appears to be in the best shape of his life heading into the fight with Arreola.
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs, two no-contests) has long been a fan favorite because of his all-action style. Unfortunately for him, he has often fallen short in championship opportunities with losses to Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne, Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko. The 40-year-old knows that it is now or never to get another shot at a championship. Can he pull off the upset?
Stay tuned as Sporting News provides up-to-the-minute coverage of the heavyweight clash.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola results
9:17 p.m.: We’re kicking off the Ruiz-Arreola undercard with Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14 KOs) taking on Javier Molina (22-3). Ramos has shown some impressive power but Molina has proven to be durable.
What time does Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola start?
- Date: Saturday, May 1
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Ruiz-Arreola main event: Approximately midnight ET
The Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola PPV main card begins at 9 p.m. ET, with the fighters expected to make their ring walks at approximately midnight ET, depending on the length of the earlier fights.
How to watch Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola
The Ruiz vs. Arreola fight is a Fox Sports PBC event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola fight card
- Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola; heavyweights
- Omar Figueroa Jr. vs. Abel Ramos; welterweights
- Sebastian Fundora vs. Jorge Cota; junior middleweights
- Jesus Ramos vs. Javier Molina; welterweights