Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola – Full Undercard Preview, Analysis, and Prediction

Published 04/30/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


The heavyweight division will see their former champion return as Andy Ruiz Jr. will take on his ex-teammate Chris Arreola in a 12-round headliner on May 1. The keenly awaited matchup will help craft the upcoming heavyweight ride. However, the seven-fight match card will have a lot more in store.

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In a Mexican power stacked card, there will be two title fights and five non-title, but highly intriguing matchups. The event will take place at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, and will be available live on the PPV.

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In the USA, FOX PPV will telecast it live. While Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola remains the prime attraction, here’s a preview and predictions of the under-card fights.

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola- A look into the undercard

The two title fights in the undercard will see the WBA middleweight belt and the WBA Interim featherweight belt up for grabs. Adding to that, the non-title bouts also have the potential to grab attention. So hard-core fight fans cannot afford to miss the event.

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Erislandy Lara vs Thomas LaManna (vacant WBA middleweight title)

Both men will try to advance their two-fight win streaks and grab the world title on May 1. However, ‘Cornflake’ LaManna can relish some serious advantages. 30-4-1 as a professional, Thomas LaManna is younger than Erislandy Lara and posses a considerable height advantage.

While 38-year-old Lara boats a record of 27-3-3, his resume falls short in front of the 29-year-old LaManna. That said, Lara has fought only once in 2020 and is set to return in action. On the other side, LaManna had three fights in the last year and has already fought this year. Hence, his activeness can play a pivotal role in the title clash.

Prediction:- Thomas LaManna defeats Erislandy Lara via Knockout (5 round)

Eduardo Ramirez vs Isaac Avelar (WBA Interim featherweight title)

The collision between two elite southpaws can either finish in a flash or go to the final bell. Ramirez and Avelar have a lot in common, including a similar 5’6” height. Moreover, both men have won their last fights and are on the verge of aiming for the world titles.

As they walk closer to their Interim title fight, the Mexican punchers appear ready to go after each other. Moreover, when a world title is at stake, it intensifies the scenario even more.

Prediction:- Eduardo Ramirez beats Isaac Avelar via a unanimous decision.

Sebastian Fundora vs Jorge Cota

The undefeated youngster, Sebastian Fundora, will put his clean record on the line against the orthodox Jorge Cota. Although Fundora appears to be the favorite on paper, the in-ring scenario might be very different.

Boasting a record of 30-4, Jorge Cota is currently on a two-fight win streak via stoppages. He has a total of 27 KOs under his name and seems to be another win away from targeting the world championship. While a southpaw in Fundora can give a legitimate competition in the ring, Jorge Cota will have his chances.

Prediction:- Jorge Cota beats Sebastian Fundora via knockout (third round)

Omar Figueroa Jr. v Abel Ramos

Ending over a year-long hiatus from the ring, Omar Figueroa Jr., will try to return to winning ways against Abel Ramos this weekend. He suffered the maiden defeat of his career against Yordenis Ugas in 2019 and took a long lay-off from the sport.

Now 28-1-1 as a pro, ‘Panterita’ will return against another looming contender in Abel Ramos. The 5’9” tall orthodox pugilist in Ramos also had his last fight against Yordenis Ugas, which he lost. Hence, it will a perfect matchup between Figueroa Jr. and Ramos to advance the tale ahead.

Prediction: Omar Figueroa Jr. beats Abel Ramos via majority decision.

 Jesus Alejandro Ramos v Javier Molina

Ramos vs Molina will be another interesting battle between an undefeated youngster and a veteran professional. The 20-year-old Ramos has just begun his boxing career and is already 15-0. Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Molina boasts a record of 22 wins alongside 3 losses.

Thus, the sheer difference between them reflects the integrity that this matchup will hold. Although Ramos will fall short in experience, his skill can help him attain the win under valid parameters. A defeat too will result in the youngster gaining valuable experience. Furthermore, it will also open the door for bigger fights.

Prediction: Javier Molina beats Jesus Alejandro Ramos via a unanimous decision.

Adrian Granados vs Jose Sanchez

After two consecutive losses in 2019, Granados returned to action this year against Arturo Herrera and claimed a TKO win. He will now try to advance the streak against Jose Sanchez (11-1). Nicknamed ‘Tigre’, Granados holds a record of 21-8-2.

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While boxing isn’t a game of numbers only, Sanchez vs Granados can be an interesting fight. Both the men will have their chances to win and will leave it all in the ring.

Prediction:- Jose Sanchez beats Adrian Granados via Knockout (first round)

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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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