Andy Ruiz Jr And Chris Arreola Agree To Terms For Heavyweight Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
Andy Ruiz Jr. is ready to show that he isn’t some one hit wonder.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, the former heavyweight champion has agreed to a matchup with former title challenger Chris Arreola that will take place on the back end of 2020.
With the 39 year old Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) putting on one of his best performances in his last ring appearance against Adam Kownacki, the California native pondered retirement if he didn’t get the job done on the night. Yet, after 12 fairly competitive rounds in which Arreola had thrown a record setting 1,125 punches, he backed off his retirement claims.
Despite his previous showing though, much of the boxing world will be fixated on the comeback story of the man standing across the ring from him on the night.
Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs) found himself on the table of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as a sacrificial lamb. The two matched up in June of 2019 and not much was expected of him.
Come in, get paid, get your ass kicked and leave. And in that order. Ruiz Jr. however, didn’t read the memo.
The upset of Joshua has been well chronicled. Ruiz Jr. picked himself up off the mat in the early going, only to drop his man on four separate occasions to become the first Mexican heavyweight world champion.
Those newly found gold belts did not serve as motivation though. They were simply used as beer holders as Ruiz Jr. spent most of the following six months partying like there was no tomorrow. But while the new heavyweight champion was busy making appearances on the Jimmy Kimmel show and signing countless autographs, the old belt holder was hard at work readying himself for their rematch.
The difference in preparation showed as Ruiz Jr. was thoroughly dominated over 12 rounds.
“I think I didn’t prepare as I should’ve,” said Ruiz Jr. immediately following their rematch. “I gained too much weight. Basically I tried to train myself, but if we do the third fight best believe I’m going to be in the best shape of my life.”
The promises of the former heavyweight champion doesn’t appear to be hollow as he has decided to work with trainer of the year and head man of current four division star Canelo Alvarez.
With the world there to witness his rise to the top of the mountain and his unceremonious fall from it, Ruiz Jr. will begin his journey to prove that he isn’t some flash in the pan fighter.
PBC on Spike TV: Roberto Garcia No-Shows, Chris Arreola Bumped Up To Co-Main Event
By Eric Duran
Al Haymon’s PBC Boxing on Spike TV has made a few minor moves regarding their debut boxing card tonight.
Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) will still face Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) in the main event live from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. However, the Shawn Porter-Roberto Garcia co-main event has been scratched from televised portion of the broadcast when Garcia failed to attend the weigh-ins.
With that being said, heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, has officially been bumped up to the co- main event on PBC’s Spike TV debut.
Arreola, who was stopped last time out in a WBC heavyweight world title bout by now ex-champ Bermane Stiverne, is scheduled to face unheralded Curtis Harper (12-3, 8 KOs) of Jacksonville, FL.
Arreola is a fan favorite who has held every version of the WBC belt except the one that counts, losing on two occasions to now-retired great Vitali Klitschko and Stiverne. Arreola fights with a passion that most Mexican greats have before him, willing to lose on his shield instead of on the cards. But he also battles with his waistline, and has come in at a hefty 262 pounds for this bout, his heaviest weight since 2009.
Harper is in no way a soft opponent. Two of his three losses have come at the hands of heavyweight prospects. He went the distance with once beaten prospect, Donovan Dennis. Before the Dennis bout, he was stopped in five rounds by the undefeated, Gerald Washington.
Harper is currently riding a five-fight winning streak. The streak includes a win over 15-0 at the time, Joshua Tufte.
Arreola vs Harper will be contested over 10 rounds.
With Garcia no-showing the weigh-in, Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) will now face Erick Bone of Ecuador.
Porter is coming off a loss to Kell Brook in August. Brook defeated Porter for his IBF Welterweight title by Majority decision. Porter was hoping a good showing on regular cable television would propel him back into the title picture, after he was made to look one-dimensional by the rising British star Brook.
Bone (16-1, 8 KOs), 26, name may not be a recognizable name, but this isn’t the first time he’s fought inside the United States. He currently riding a four-fight winning streak, 3-0 inside the US. One of those wins was against former prospect, Francisco Figueroa, stopping the New York native in five rounds. Two of his last three bouts have been promoted by Lou Dibella.
Bone’s only loss came at the hands of Alberto Mosquera (22-2, KO’s) by spilt decision for the WBC Latino Jr. Welterweight title. If Mosquera’s name rings a bell, it’s because he was a victim of rising contender, Sammy Vasquez Jr.