Andy Ruiz Jr. Admits Getting Jealous When Chris Arreola Fought for World Titles

Published 03/29/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
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)


Mexican heavyweights- Andy Ruiz Jr. and Chris Arreola are former training partners, who will look forward to beating each other in their upcoming fight on May 1. While they still share a mutual respect for each other, there’s also a sense of competition, and Ruiz Jr. has recently given some interesting insights into their relationship from the past.

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The first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion revealed how he was afraid of losing the tag to Chris Arreola when ‘The Nightmare’ competed for the championship bouts. Although Andy Ruiz Jr. was on Arreola’s corner, he was still afraid to see his teammate win.

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Speaking with Fight Hype, ‘The Destroyer’ said, “Every time he (Chris Arreola) would fight and fight for the world title, I was like scared. I was like, no man, I want to be the first heavyweight Mexican champion. Please, I hope he is not watching. But I was like, man, I want to be the first Mexican heavyweight champion.”

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That said, Ruiz Jr.’s wish came true as Arreola failed to capture the world heavyweight titles twice. In 2014, Bermane Stiverne knocked out Arreola to defend the WBC title. Two years later, Deontay Wilder handed him another defeat for the same belt. So, Arreola will try to revive himself once again by surpassing Andy Ruiz Jr. in a few weeks.

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Amid all the tactics and statements, Ruiz Jr. has never lost his love for Chris Arreola. He still hails his former teammate and acknowledges all the achievements he has made.

‘Destroyer’ continued, “I always have respect for him you know because he went up to that level as well. But thanks to God that I became the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion and you know this is just the beginning.”

Andy Ruiz Jr. after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Andy Ruiz Jr. became the first Mexican heavyweight champion by knocking out Anthony Joshua in 2019. It was a historic upset in the sport’s history that threw Ruiz Jr. into the spotlight. Unfortunately, he lost the titles in a rematch and hasn’t fought since then.

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As ‘Destroyer’ eyes a return against Arreola next, both the heavyweight champions will try to advance themselves in the current championship ride.

What do you make of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s comments? Do you think they will factor into his bout against Chris Arreola?

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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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