WATCH: Chris Arreola Gives Final Touches to His Training Camp for the Andy Ruiz Jr. Fight

Published 04/21/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
BIRMINGHAM, AL – JULY 15: Chris Arreola weighs-in at Legacy Arena at the BJCC on July 15, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. The weigh-in is for his July 16th fight against Deontay Wilder. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)


On May 1, Chris Arreola will lock horns with the former unified heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr. in a 12-round bout. Both of them have stayed out of the game for almost a couple of years, and they’ll be looking ahead to make an exemplary statement in this comeback fight.

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This contest is almost on the brink of taking place, and both the pugilists have given their best shot in the preparations for this clash. Recently, PBC released a training video of Chris Arreola, wherein the veteran was seen giving the last touches to his training camp.

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In his last fight, Arreola suffered a lopsided defeat against Adam Kownacki. With this loss, he abruptly stayed out of the sport and didn’t really have the thoughts of coming back. But as soon as his matchup with Andy Ruiz Jr. got teased, ‘The Nightmare’ didn’t give a second thought about making his return.

On the other side, ‘The Destroyer’ shook the entire fight world in the summer of 2019 when he knocked Joshua out in round 7 of the fight. That fight is still considered one of the biggest upsets in modern-day boxing history.

Andy Ruiz Jr. too will enter this fight with a loss in his previous outing against the stout Anthony Joshua in their second fight.

Despite suffering defeats in each of their last in-ring contests, both Ruiz Jr. and Arreola will enter this bout with an optimistic mindset, thus looking to add a crucial ‘W’ to their name.

Chris Arreola vs Andy Ruiz Jr. – one of the best heavyweight clashes of 2021

Chris Arreola and Andy Ruiz Jr. are the two most prominent faces of the deep heavyweight boxing roster.

They’re absolute hard hitters who just need a single shot to close the show. That said, both boxers will look forward to landing one clean shot on May 1. Both of them have a lot to prove, and this fight provides them with an opportunity to do the same.

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Additionally, the winner of this clash might just put himself in the title contention picture. Or at least a step closer to bagging a shot at the gold and staying relevant among the heavyweight pugilists.

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That said, it’ll be intriguing to see who wins the collision between ‘The Destroyer’ and Chris Arreola. Who’s side are you on?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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