“All the Pressure Is on Him and Not Me”-Chris Arreola Feels Ready to Face Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 03/21/2021, 12:16 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


40-year-old Chris Arreola doesn’t mind being the underdog against former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t intend to pose a serious threat to the former champion as he seeks a victory.

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Following a unanimous defeat to Adam Kownacki in 2019, ‘The Nightmare’ hasn’t appeared in action. Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr. has remained inactive since losing his unified straps to Anthony Joshua in the rematch. While both the Mexican heavyweights seem ready to return, Arreola believes himself to be free of any pressure.

He connected with ES News to comment on facing Andy Ruiz Jr. and also opened up on his game plan, which can see him overcome ‘The Destroyer’.

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“I am very excited for up to the fight with another fellow Mexican fighter, that we are both going to fight and you know with Andy. He shocked the world, becoming the first (Mexican) heavyweight champion and like I said before, I am trying to get where he is at,” said Chris Arreola.

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Chris Arreola appears to have touched the dusk of his career and has a few more contests left before calling it a day. That said, he wants to relish his upcoming challenge against Andy Ruiz Jr. for all the right reasons.

Chris Arreola continued, “Now the tables have turned and all the pressure is on him and not me. I lose I am done, it is what it is. But you know this is a great opportunity for me, a great opportunity for the Mexican community, for the boxing fans, and for everyone s*** in general.”

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola- How good is ‘The Destroyer’

Andy Ruiz Jr. might be in peak shape, and looking at his ongoing training clips, we cannot rule him out from the mix. Despite being inactive, he has made some significant changes in his camp. He is now under Eddy Reynoso’s stable and is training alongside several other world champions in Oscar Valdez, Ryan Garcia, and Canelo Alvarez.

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Moreover, he seems to have shed some serious weight and looks ready ahead of a massive return to the squared circle. Although he is nowhere close to the current title ride, Ruiz Jr. can regain his spot by registering a win on his comeback. Nevertheless, it might not be a walk in the park for the former unified champion against a pugilist who has nothing to lose.

What do you make of Arreola’s comments?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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