Former unified heavyweight champion of the world, Andy Ruiz Jr. has been out of action for over 14 months since his defeat at the hands of Anthony Joshua. Now, ‘Destroyer’ will finally return to the ring on April 24. The speedy heavyweight will take on relatively low-profile veteran Chris Arreola on a PPV card.
The news broke out yesterday; however, there is no official announcement. Despite this, there will be a lot of eager eyes watching this fight. Therefore, what do we know about both these fighters? Joshua vs Fury Fight: Possible date revealed by AJ
Andy Ruiz Jr vs Chris Arreola Fight Height and weight
Both pugilists have very different frames, but similar physical attributes. Ruiz Jr. stands at 6-foot 2-inches while possessing a reach of 74 inches. This is almost identical to his opponent Arreola, who comes in at 6-foot 3-inches and has a reach of 76-inches.
The weight of the fighters is difficult to estimate. Ruiz Jr. went into his last fight at a weight of 283 lbs. He faced lots of criticism and subsequently embarked on a body transformation under a new trainer, Eddie Reynoso. Hence, he may even come in lower than the 250 lbs mark on his return to the squared circle.
Arreola weighed in at 244 lbs in his last fight, which is almost 40 lbs less than his opponent’s previous bout. However, this has been a consistent weight for the American over his last few fights. Therefore, if Ruiz Jr. comes in below the 250 lbs mark, both fighters may also weigh-in at similar weights.
Andy Ruiz Jr to make ring return after 16-months out against Chris Arreola on shock PPV card after body transformation
The Mexican-American has not fought since December 2019, when he lost an immediate rematch against Anthony Joshua.
his comeback fight will come 16-months on from when his short spell as unified heavyweight champion came to an end.
And he is lined up to face Arreola, who turns 40 this week, the man who was knocked out by ex-WBC king Deontay Wilder in 2016.
The American has only fought three times since that defeat, with his current record standing at 38–6–1 with two no-contests.
Like Ruiz, Arreola has not been seen since December 2019, in a losing effort against Adam Kownacki.
But he has long been touted as Ruiz’s comeback opponent, with talks progressing for over a year.