‘Andy Ruiz Got More Juice’- Gerald Washington Dislikes Chris Arreola’s Chances Against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Published 01/11/2021, 10:44 AM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye 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)


Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. might return to action soon, and he could be seen butting heads with Chris Arreola. Although it is still not official, current heavyweight talks cite a matchup between the heavyweight behemoths.

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That said, both have lost their last fight via decision in 2019 and have been inactive through 2020. On their respective returns, they can fight to regain the winning track by beating each other.

While both the heavyweights have a legion of supporters on their back, Gerald Washington is favoring Andy Ruiz Jr. over Arreola. He isn’t belittling ‘The Nightmare’ but claims that Ruiz Jr might be in a better position.

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The Mexican recently changed mentors and is now functioning under Canelo’s team. Eddy Reynoso is his guide, and Andy Ruiz Jr is also shedding some pounds before his return. Therefore, Washington took note of it before billing his support towards Ruiz Jr.

“Arreola been a scrapper man, but I think Andy Ruiz got more juice right now. Looks like he is taking it seriously to get into shape man,” said Washington.

Can Andy Ruiz Jr become a world champion again?

The first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has been a prime pugilist of the division. He became a global sensation when he took out Anthony Joshua in their first fight for the unified world titles. However, Ruiz Jr lost the belts in the rematch and hasn’t fought anyone since then.

Andy Ruiz Jr. before his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Haevyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Such a long period of inactivity could hamper his chances since the division has bloomed a lot and has more contenders in it with the likes of former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk. Meanwhile, Joshua has also defended his titles against Kubrat Pulev, since taking it off of Ruiz Jr. in the rematch.

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So, it puts ‘The Destroyer’ away from the current title picture. But if he returns and stages a big win, it can revive his relevancy for all the obvious reasons.

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Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. will have another run for the heavyweight straps?

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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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