Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola: Fight Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/30/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Former unified heavyweight champion of the world, Andy Ruiz Jr. will aim to make a statement to the division when he takes on Chris Arreola. Although ‘The Nightmare’ is not the biggest name in the sport, he will still pose a tough test for Ruiz Jr.

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‘The Destroyer’ goes into the bout as the firm favorite, with many experts suggesting he will run through Arreola. However, the 40-year-old veteran has the chance to shock the world and prove he still has what it takes to compete at the top. So ahead of the fight, we look at how the fight could go and who could come out on top.

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‘The Destroyer’ goes into this fight on the back of 18-months out of the sport. However, in this time, Ruiz Jr. has lost almost 30 lbs and looks to be in fantastic shape. Ruiz Jr. has incredible hand speed and power. Moreover, his weight loss means he will move better and could even box on the outside.

Arreola has slight physical advantages going into the bout. However, he does not have the style and speed to match Ruiz Jr. ‘The Nightmare’ prefers to stand and trade rather than move. Therefore, it will be a fight between two contrasting styles.

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Our prediction for Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola

Given all the advantages Ruiz Jr. has ahead of the fight, we are picking him to beat Arreola. Moreover, we predict a TKO for the former champion in round 6. However, it could come earlier than round 6.

While Arreola has the experience, Ruiz Jr. will be too much for him, especially after such a long lay-off. We think Ruiz Jr.’s speed, power, and movement will be too much for ‘The Nightmare’ to handle.

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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 6, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr during a weigh-in ceremony on the eve of his bout against British boxer Anthony Joshua. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

However, in heavyweight boxing, anything can happen as we saw with Ruiz Jr.’s first fight with Anthony Joshua. Therefore, we could see an upset from ‘The Nightmare’ if he can land a few combinations in the clinch.

What do you make of this bout between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Chris Arreola? Who do you think will come out on top when they meet on Saturday?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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.

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