Tyson Fury, Mikey Garcia, and Others Predict Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola

Published 05/01/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


Andy Ruiz Jr. will return from his long lay-off from the ring to face his former training partner, Chris Arreola, in a 12-rounds headliner on May 1. After losing the unified titles to Anthony Joshua in 2019, ‘The Destroyer’ disappeared from the boxing world.

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While he seems to have undergone a massive transformation in his new stable at Team Canelo, the 31-year-old will look forward to regaining his lost dominance in the division. However, Chris Arreola might not be an easy opponent to deal with.

Boasting a record of 38-6 with 33 KOs, he will have his legitimate chances in the ring. That said, the nearing matchup has allured the whole fight community, with several people pitching their predictions.

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Starting from WBC champion Tyson Fury to Joel Diaz, Leo Santa Cruz, and Mikey Garcia, everyone has revealed their pick. Tyson Fury has favored Andy Ruiz Jr. to win the fight. Meanwhile, Leo Santa Cruz wished the best man to win.

Both the men have made weight for the fight and are ready to lock horns. It will be one of the most important fights in the heavyweight division and will help to craft the upcoming title ride.

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola

The 31-year-old Andy Ruiz Jr. is a big favorite in the fight. Despite falling short in reach and height, ‘The Destroyer’ can put immense pressure on a 40-year-old Chris Arreola. Meanwhile, ‘The Nightmare’ has also been inactive following his UD defeat against Adam Kownacki in 2019.

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So, both men will rust off a similar span of inactiveness before squaring off. Adding to that, they are aware of each other’s abilities and have traded blows in the past. Although they have evolved, their sparring experiences can still play a pivotal role in the fight that can see several possible outcomes.

Ruiz Jr. and Arreola are heavy-hitters and can finish the fight in a flash. They are also sturdy pugilists who can absorb punishment and drag each other to the last bell.

Who do you think will win? Chris Arreola or Andy Ruiz Jr. ?

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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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