Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola Fight Purse: How Much Did the Boxers Make?

Published 05/03/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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)


The 31-year-old Andy Ruiz Jr. doesn’t seem to have impressed a lot of fans with his latest win over Chris Arreola via unanimous decision. Going for all the 12 rounds, the former champion couldn’t unleash a KO. Moreover, he suffered a knockdown in the early stage of his comeback fight.

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Hence, Ruiz Jr’s return to action appeared bleak to several analysts and fans. However, he still ended the night on a pleasant note. Apart from winning the fight, Andy Ruiz Jr. bagged a lucrative paycheck that made him the highest-paid boxer on the entire card.

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Ruiz Jr’s purse can be justified as he is a popular name in the boxing circuit. Courtesy of his short-lived spell as the world champion, ‘Destroyer’ seems to have expanded his stardom beyond the boxing circle, and that was clear with how much he raked in last night.

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As per Dan Rafael, at the event staged by the PBC, Andy Ruiz Jr. reportedly earned $1 million from the bout. His fee was a whopping $700,000 more than the next highest earners.

Standing at $300k each, Chris Arreola and Eris Landy Lara appear to be the second-highest earners from the card. Meanwhile, Omar Figueroa earned $200k, and Abel Ramos bagged $150k from their respective bouts. Here’s a look at the earnings of the other boxers from the fight card.

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If we compare the numbers with the other boxing events, there’s a massive difference. Being a former world champion, Andy Ruiz Jr. is a massive superstar of the sport. While most of the other heavyweights make a bigger amount from their fights, Ruiz Jr. might have been underpaid.

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However, PBC had to face a stellar competition from Matchroom’s Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker fight card. Still, they managed to attract commendable viewership, and Ruiz Jr. vs Arreola seemed to be a hit. So, ‘Destroyer’ can rightfully demand a bigger number in his upcoming fights.

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Which fight do you think had the most value for money as a fan?

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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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