By Landon Smith

Andy Ruiz vs Chris Arreola Heavyweight Fight Preview and Picks 5/1/21

After losing his world belts, former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz faces Chris Arreola

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Winner: Andy Ruiz @ -2500 at Betonline
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Andy Ruiz (-2500) vs Chris Arreola (+1000)
CategoryHeavyweight Fight
DateSaturday, May 1, 2021
ArenaDignity Health Sports Park
LocationCarson, California
Time9:00p ET
TVFOXSPORTS

Andy Ruiz vs Chris Arreola Heavyweight Fight Bout, Betting Odds and Props - Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, Watch on FOXSPORTS.

Be that as it may, Ruiz has undertaken a change whose consequences can begin to be better evaluated in his fight next Saturday and, before that, at the weigh-in on Friday. And it is that Ruiz, after 16 months of inactivity, will head a PPV evening of Premier Boxing Champions from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, United States, facing former world heavyweight challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola 38 (33KO) - 6 (3) -1.

This opponent could not be more convenient for Ruiz's return to the ring, given that he is a fighter of similar dimensions to him, with recurrent overweight problems, who has not fought since August 2018 and who has lost his biggest fights (Klitschko, Adamek, Stiverne and Wilder) but who, at the same time, is a willing fighter appreciated by the American-Mexicans who comes from playing a tremendous battle of exchanges against Adam Kownacki. Explained in another way, a Ruiz-Arreola clash should offer good crossovers of blows and action, could generate good sales numbers among the US population group that pay the most PPV and also allow “Destroyer” to have a good return fight in the who will be the obvious favorite to beat.

And it is that, considering that this return confrontation will be played in good conditions, the greater speed of hands, the variety of resources and the best use of Ruiz's combinations should be able to help him to prevail against a boxer who will try to respond with courage but that he has a reduced agility that should put him tactically behind in the contest. However, if Ruiz instead of boxing in jumping lunges decides to stop to cross blows, the fight could be more contested and would depend to a greater extent on defensive resources and resistance, so that it could be better analyzed if there have been modifications of importance in boxing and in the physical condition of the former world champion.

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For six months, those that elapsed between the first and the second fight against Anthony Joshua, the American of Mexican origin Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz 33 (23KO) -2 had his moment of unexpected glory: after years of career in which he would have frustrated his followers and had earned the criticism of his detractors with an astonishing lack of discipline, which especially affected his physical resistance, Ruiz managed in June 2019 to be crowned unified world champion WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight with a victory against the prognosis before Joshua. However, his career took a new lurch in December of that same year, in which without energy, being overweight and very slow, he ineffectively pursued a Joshua who dominated the rematch.

Although after his coronation many had defended tooth and nail the recurring bad state of Ruiz in his career (as if it had some kind of logic to support that an athlete who participates in an activity as demanding and dangerous as boxing does not enter his best possible conditions to a fight), after the extensive defeat against Joshua the situation turned around to a large extent. It could no longer be denied that whatever potential Ruiz had in his career, whether it was a lot or a little, was literally going to be weighed down by a physical condition that prevented him from offering the best version of himself.

Aware that he needed a change, Ruiz decided to leave his coach and hire Eddy Reynoso, who is known for training, among others, "Canelo" Álvarez and for being a technician capable of causing "magical" changes in the physical state of his fighters, many claiming that his gym actually operates beyond what the regulations allow.

 

{{14} WINNER: Andy Ruiz @ -2500

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By Landon Smith, on 30 Apr 2021, at 6:09p ET