The pair of big boys meet up in Carson, California, on Saturday for the debut of Ruiz’s new look.
If Andy Ruiz Jr.’s boxing career wasn’t already a perfect candidate for one day showing up on a Hollywood script thanks to his 2019 upset knockout of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua as a last-minute opponent.
Ruiz, the affable Mexican-American slugger known for his robust belly and deceptively quick hands.
seemed to enjoy his success a little bit too much in 2019 when he came in almost comically overweight for his rematch with Joshua seven months later.
Seventeen months removed from that humbling rematch in Saudi Arabia, the 31-year-old Ruiz has been through a lot during his extended layoff.
including depression caused by his humiliating fall, and now enters Saturday’s return with an entirely new set of expectations thanks to some key changes the Imperial, California, native has made to his body and team.
Andy Ruiz Jr vs Chris Arreola
This 12-round heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday, May 1 and is being held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The main event is set to get under way at around 5am UK time on Sunday.
Ruiz Jr v Arreola: Undercard
Andy Ruiz v Chris Arreola
Erislandy Lara v Thomas Lamanna – for vacant WBA Middleweight Title
Eduardo Ramirez v Isaac Avelar – for 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
Date: May 1 | Start time: 10 p.m. ET (main card) / 7 p.m. ET (prelims)
Location: UFC Apex — Las Vegas
TV Channel: ESPN+ (main card) | Stream: fuboTV (try for free) (prelims only)