Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola Live Updates, Results & Highlights
Former Unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will return to the boxing ring on Saturday for his first fight in over a year when he takes on former title challenger Chris Arreola at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, in California.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) last fought in December 2019 when he failed to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua. He lost a unanimous decision in a highly anticipated rematch at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The fight came six months after Ruiz shocked the world and stopped Joshua in the seventh round to become the Unified Champion and give Joshua his first loss as a professional.
Since the loss, Ruiz has chosen to leave longtime coach Manny Robles and team up with Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Canelo Alvarez, Oscar Valdez and Ryan Garcia. Not only that, but Ruiz has lost a lot of weight and seems to be in the best shape of his life before going into a fight with Arreola.
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs, two non-contests) has long been a fan favorite due to his all-action style. Unfortunately for him, he often missed out on championship opportunities with losses to Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne, Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko. The 40-year-old knows it’s now or never to get another championship shot. Can he get rid of the anger?
Stay tuned as Sporting News provides up-to-the-minute coverage of the heavyweight clash.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola results
23:06: After three laps, Ramos is strong and consistent enough to give Figueroa a few problems. Figueroa tries to be cunning but Ramos doesn’t fall for any of his traps. He struggled in the first two laps but Ramos seemed to understand his opponent and landed with more frequency.
22:52: Next up is the co-main event as Omar Figueroa Jr. faces a tough test against Abel Ramos in a welterweight showdown. Figueroa returns to the ring after suffering his first loss to Yordenas Ugas in July 2019. Ramos also just lost a loss to Ugas, but it was a split decision. Both need a win in this WBA world title eliminator.
22:36: As expected, the fight did not last the distance. Fundora seriously injured Cota in the fourth lap and landed with alarming frequency. Cota tried to land the home run but was crushed by a variety of power punches. The referee finally intervened after a hard left hook. The crowd booed because they wanted Cota to go on his shield but he could be seriously injured. Excellent performance from Fundora, who continues to rise through the ranks with her unique size, reach and skills.
22:25: Fundora and Cota spent the first six minutes throwing hard leather at each other. This fight is unlikely to go the distance, so enjoy it while it lasts.
10:15 p.m.: Next, 6-foot-6 super welterweight Sebastian Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) steps into the ring with seasoned veteran Jorge Cota (30-4, 27 KOs). Cota rebounded from back-to-back losses to Jeison Rosario and Jermell Charlo to win two fights in a row. Fundora is aiming for their third consecutive knockout.
10:02 p.m.: After ten laps, Jesus Ramos wins the unanimous decision. He was unable to recover the knockout but Molina was cunning enough to avoid any significant damage. Ramos showed maturity once he realized Molina wouldn’t commit to give him the openness he needed and used the pressure and bodywork to make the decision.
21:41: After five rounds, Ramos is in control but Molina does not help matters. The veteran was skillful and forced Ramos to work to land punches. Ramos has started working on the body to slow down Molina’s movement as he continues his 15th knockout.
9:17 p.m .: We kick off the Ruiz-Arreola undercard with Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14 KOs) against Javier Molina (22-3). Ramos has shown impressive power, but Molina has proven to be durable.
What time does Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola?
- Dated: Saturday May 1
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Main event of Ruiz-Arreola: Around midnight ET
The Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola PPV main card begins at 9 p.m. ET, fighters are expected to make their ring walk around midnight ET, depending on the length of previous fights.
How to watch Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola
The Ruiz vs. Arreola fight is a Fox Sports PBC event that is available via pay-per-view from many cable and satellite providers; consult your local supplier for more information.
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola fight card
- Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola; heavyweight
- Omar Figueroa Jr. v Abel Ramos; welterweight
- Sebastian Fundora def. Jorge Cota via TKO 4th round (2:35)
- Jesus Ramos def. Javier Molina by unanimous decision (97-92, 99-90 & 99-90)