Former world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2) will not return to action on April 24, but a week later. The date scheduled for the event to be led in California by Ruiz and once very successful heavyweight Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 2 nc) is now May 1st.
This duel, as well as a few other pieces of information, have now been officially confirmed. "I can't wait to get back in the ring. The preparations with coach Eddy (Reynos) have been great. I'm surrounded by great fighters like Canelo Alvarez and we're all working together to look better than ever."
"I've known Chris since I became a professional. He's a Mexican warrior, just like me. That's why I expect him to attack me with all his power." "This will be an action-packed event with the fighters who not retreat.
But I will be smart and willing to do anything to win and get back in the position to become world champion, " Ruiz said in the match announcement. For Andy, this will be his first match since December 2019, when Anthony Joshua retaliated in Saudi Arabia for the defeat and thus took the heavyweight title.
Ruiz is waiting for 40-year-old Arreola, otherwise another American of Mexican descent. The striker nicknamed ‘The Nightmare’ has never been a world champion, but has attacked the throne on as many as three occasions.
First, the legendary Vitaly Klitschko was more successful than him there in 2009, then five years later he was stopped by Berman Stiverne, and in his belt fight, the one from 2016, Deontay Wilder was better than him.
Arreola wants to win
Yet after all he still did not stop trying to reach his goal This is Arreola's first appearance since the defeat in the summer of 2019 by Adam Kownacki.
"Training with Joe Goossen is really hard. We are doing everything we can so the fans could watch the two best Mexican-American fighters ever, step into the ring. This 'matchup' should be liked by fans, and my plan is to win, of course, ”Arreola said.
Chris Arreola, however, did not give up after all attempts to win the belt. He seems to be extremely motivated now and has never been more prepared. Arreola will try to do his best to reach the desired belt, but the task will not be easy. Still, maybe now is the time for him to fulfill his goal.