Veteran heavyweight champion Chris Arreola promises to have a spectacular bout on May 1 with Andy Ruiz. At the same time, Arreola claims that he perfectly understands that he cannot change the past, but will make every effort in the training camp to turn back time. Arreola promises the best version of himself, 40, ahead of a Mexican heavyweight title fight with former unified champion Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) live on Fox Sports in a pay-per-view event in Carson, California.
“I feel great, but on the 1st, I’ll be even better,” Arreola said during an open training session that was broadcast live on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) YouTube channel. – I worked hard for four months. I will have a great fight for the fans and a great fight for myself. I’m fighting for my career. “
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) has not entered the ring since losing by unanimous decision to then-undefeated Adam Kovnatsky in August 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. In that fight, 38-year-old Arreola put in his best effort, delivering 298 hits and throwing a record 1125 hits, including 283 of 995 power hits. Arreola and Kovnatsky landed at least 70 punches in each round, with Arreola delivering over 100 punches in four rounds, including the 11th and 12th.
Ruiz is also fighting for former glory, after some shame in a rematch with Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) in December 2019. Ruiz lost by decision, losing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he had won early round 7 against Joshua six months earlier and became the first Mexican to win a piece of the heavyweight crown.
Ruiz, 31, has since enlisted the services of renowned coach Eddie Reinoso, joining an all-star roster that includes P4R Saul Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs), Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) and reigning champion Featherweight Champion Oscar Valdez (29-0, 23 KOs). The serious approach of the best coach of the year 2019 helped Ruiz, who, like Arreola, lost a lot of weight before the upcoming fight.
“If there are two guys with the same talent … if they are clones of each other, the best one will be the one in the best shape,” said Joe Goossen, head coach of Arreola. – This is the decisive factor. He has talent, we have talent. Now the question is who will be in the best shape. No matter how much resistance you encounter in the ring, you can show a snatch at the end, in the last three or four rounds, when you are expected to slow down. “
Arreola believes that the last four months of training have physically prepared him for this fight. The shared time with Goossen taught the three-time world heavyweight title contender that his old methods won’t help if he plans to make one more run for the division’s top trophy.
“I really got better with Joe,” says Arreola, who has suffered title fights against Vitali Klitschko, Bermaine Steven and Deontay Wilder. “This is not reinventing the bicycle. He just makes sure the fucking wheel stays round. He is watching me because he knows: if you give me a round, I will be fooling this round. “
“I have fought since I was young. Boxing is in my blood. I give myself everything in the ring every time I fight. Even if I’m not in my best shape, I am indebted to the audience, even if I lose cruelly. I have been waiting for this fight for four or five months, and I know that it will be spectacular, ”promised Arreola.