“It’s Gonna Be a Great War:- Leo Santa Cruz Says Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola Won’t Be One-Sided

Published 03/04/2021, 5:00 AM EST


The return of Andy Ruiz Jr. might take place against his former teammate Chris Arreola, paving the way for another heavyweight blockbuster of recent times. Both Arreola and Ruiz Jr. have lost their last fights, and are looking for a way to resurrect their relevancy in the division.

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However, as they have been ex-stable mates, many people believe it will have an impact on the fight. However, the former featherweight champion, Leo Santa Cruz, doesn’t believe the same. Cruz, 32, who knows both the pugilists well envisions a tough-fight between them.

After losing his title to Gervonta Davis in October, Leo Santa Cruz is also eyeing an early return for himself. Meanwhile, he took some time to comment on the heavyweight battle between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Chris Arreola. He connected with FightHype and opened up on the entire scenario.

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“They are both great guys, both friends, Nightmare, he is a fighter that comes to fight and you know, it’s gonna be a good fight for the fans,” said ‘El Terremoto’.

Predicting an outcome of the clash, Santa Cruz added, “May the best man win, but I know it’s gonna be a good fight. They both come forward. Andy comes forward and Arreola comes forward. They are gonna be going back and forth, it’s gonna be a great war.”  

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Boasting of 38 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, Chris Arreola has been boxing for almost two decades. He has been an International and Continental champion several times, but has never been a world champion. However, a win over Ruiz Jr. can help him leap towards a championship bout. So, he will seemingly put it all in his next appearance, citing an interesting clash.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. has already been a unified heavyweight champion, holding a record of 33 wins with just 2 losses. He has reportedly shed some serious weight also and is looking even treacherous before his big return.

‘The Destroyer’ currently resides at Canelo Alvarez’s gym and it can be even more fruitful for the former champion as he seeks to attain more firsts in boxing.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. can become the world champion again?

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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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