Update On Andy Ruiz Jr.’s Next Fight
It looks like the Andy Ruiz Jr. Comeback Tour will begin against a former world title contender. According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, Ruiz has agreed in principle to fight Chris Arreola later this year.
The fight would air on a Premier Boxing Champions broadcast and could help secure Ruiz as a top contender again. As for Arreola, it would help his road back to the top.
Ruiz (33-2) made his professional debut in 2009. After failing to capture the WBO Heavyweight Title against Joseph Parker, Ruiz won three in a row and was able to fight Anthony Joshua inside Madison Square Garden for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. This was due to Jarrell Miller failing several drug tests before fight night. He would beat Joshua via TKO in what many have called one of the biggest upsets in boxing.
In a rematch in Saudi Arabia this December, Ruiz came into the fight heavier and less motivated. He would end up losing via unanimous decision. Looking to prove his win against Joshua was legitimate, Ruiz slimmed down and signed with famed trainer Eddy Reynoso. There were rumors that Ruiz could face Manuel Charr, the WBA (Regular) Heavyweight Champion.
Arreola (38-6-1, 2 NC) made his professional debut in 2003. A WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion, Arreola has defeated the likes of Chazz Witherspoon, Eric Molina, Joey Abell, and Manuel Quezada. He has fought for the WBC Heavyweight Title three times, losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2009, Bermane Stiverne in 2014, and Deontay Wilder in 2016.
In his last seven contests, Arreola is 3-2-1 with one no-contest. A two fight-win streak was broken in his last fight last August when he lost to Adam Kownacki inside the Barclays Center.
A date and location have not been announced yet for a potential clash. Premier Boxing Champions will be hosting events inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.