Andy Ruiz Jr. is reportedly set to take on Chris Arreola this April, in what would be his first fight in over a year.
The American, who comes from Mexican descent, hasn’t stepped into the ring since losing his unified heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua in December 2019.
According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger and BoxingScene’s Jake Donovan (below), Ruiz will face off against Arreola on April 24 in a FOX pay-per-view event.
Sources: Andy Ruiz and Chris Arreola will headline a FOX PPV. Yes, you heard that right. PPV. The heavyweight fight has been in the works for almost a year now and will take place April 24, per @JakeNDaBox https://t.co/54ahZ0P5GL— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) March 2, 2021
Arreola, who turns 40 this month, has had a mixed record in professional boxing since facing Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in 2016. On that night, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ claimed victory via an eighth-round technical decision.
He then remained inactive for more than two years before defeating Maurenzo Smith in a ten-round encounter.
The American’s first fight of 2019 saw him secure a technical knockout victory over Jean-Pierre Augustin in round three, before he took on Polish fighter Adam Kownacki in June of that year.
Kownacki was declared the victor on the night via unanimous decision. Arreola, meanwhile, has not fought professionally since.
Ruiz’s change in regime
Ruiz posted a video on Instagram last month which showed him in training for his next fight.
Speaking to Behind the Gloves, he said: “The change has helped, coming into this camp. We know that he can do well and I can assure you he will be world champion again.
“[He’s lost] about 20 lbs. He also has more muscle, he’s not as fat as he was before.
“He can move his hips a lot better and that helps him move around in the ring as well.
“I’d love to see him fight Joshua again. With good training I think he could beat him. He’s already beat him.
“[It] just takes a little bit of discipline and a good training camp.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how effective the new regime has been for Ruiz when he does next step into the ring.
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