Andy Ruiz Jr. Next Fight: Former Heavyweight Champion Will Fight Chris Arreola on April 24

March 2, 2021 10:30 pm

Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will finally return to the ring almost 18 months after his last fight. The hard-hitting heavyweight will take on Chris Arreola on April 24 as he starts his second journey to the belts.

Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Reports revealed that that the two heavyweights had held talks about a potential fight. However, it now appears that they have agreed to a deal and date. Boxing fans will finally get to see how Ruiz Jr. will bounce back.

BoxingScene was the first to report the news when it announced ‘The Destroyer’ agreed to a deal with Arreola. The two heavyweights will fight on a pay-per-view event on FOX and will face each other on April 24, 2021. However, they also had an update on the undercard.

BoxingScene also reported that the discussion for the undercard is ongoing, with an emphasis being placed on having fellow PBC fighters. Thus, fans have been left wondering who would feature on the undercard of Ruiz Jr.’s return. 

Given that Arreola is not as big a name, we may see a big-name co-main event on the fight card. However, the heavyweights will be pleased they got the fight over the line.

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Why is Andy Ruiz Jr. fighting Chris Arreola?

The former champion embarked on a fantastic transformation after his loss to Joshua. He signed with Eddie Reynoso and followed a strict regime. As a result, there was a lot of excitement around his return. However, it may be not attracting as much attention since he is fighting Arreola.

Ruiz Jr. himself wanted to fight Dillian Whyte or Deontay Wilder. He engaged in an ugly war of words with the Brit, saying that fighting Wilder would be a challenge for him. However, he has had to settle for Arreola.

Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge 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)

Whyte is fighting Alexander Povetkin their rematch this weekend, while Wilder is negotiating a fight against Charles Martin. Thus, Andy Ruiz Jr. was left with no option but to take on Arreola. Therefore, he will have to make a massive statement against the experienced American.

What do you make of this news regarding Andy Ruiz Jr.? Do you think he can make a statement against the veteran?

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Leonardo Carvalho

Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports. The latter is a discipline in which he holds a level 3 certification from the British Council's Premier Skills. He has covered some of the biggest boxing stories over the last year. These include Mike Tyson's comeback and Teofimo Lopez's ascent to the pinnacle of the lightweight division. This boxing enthusiast's tryst with the sport began when his favorite puncher, Anthony Joshua, knocked out Wladimir Klitschko to become the heavyweight champion. While he still admires 'AJ', he has developed a deep admiration for 'Sweethands' Caleb Plant. Besides his professional pursuits, Leonardo is an avid musician who is proficient with the guitar and the ukulele.

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