Ruiz on Arreola: ‘If he wants to run it back, we’ll run it back with him’

When the fight was made between former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and Chris Arreola, not many gave Arreola a shot to win this fight. In fact, many thought Arreola would get dominated and stopped, but that was not the case. Arreola battled and dropped Ruiz hard in the second round, but Ruiz took control in the second half of the fight to defeat Arreola by unanimous decision on Saturday night from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California(FOX PPV).

After the fight, Ruiz explained what happened with the knockdown.

“He got me with a good clean right hand in the second round,” said Ruiz. “I was too overconfident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him. We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched up and started focusing on counterpunching and working the body.”

The battle between two Mexican-American heavyweights in Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) and Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) was an exciting affair, which included a lot of back and forth action. However, the judges’ scorecards were a little shaky. Ruiz won 118-109 on two scorecards and 117-110 on another.

Ruiz did own a 106 to 75 advantage in power punches, and he landed 161 of his 626 punches thrown, while Arreola landed 109 of his 521 punches thrown. Arreola appeared to hurt his left arm in round eight, but he fought through the pain.

While he acknowledged he might have lost to Ruiz, Arreola was not very happy with the scorecards.

“A lot of punches he threw were hitting my gloves,” Arreola said. “He never put me in danger. It’s dejecting to not get the respect from the judges that I feel I deserve.

“There’s no moral victory. I came here to beat Andy. He might have beat me, but I felt like he won seven rounds at the most.”

This was Ruiz’s first fight in over 16 months, and according to him, there was some rust.

“I felt a little rust, but I know other fighters can relate to that,” said Ruiz. “If he wants to run it back, we’ll run it back with him.”

We’ll see what happens next with Ruiz. There was talk of a fight with Luis Ortiz, and that would be fun, and there is former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, which would be a big fight, or maybe he gives Arreola a rematch, which probably does not make much sense for Ruiz at this point. There are options for Ruiz, and we’ll see where he goes from here. Regarding Arreola, he was in shape on Saturday night and fought well, and at age 40, a rematch with Ruiz makes a lot of sense for him, but I doubt he gets it.

Overall, while Ruiz-Arreola probably did not belong on pay-per-view, it was well worth it for those who purchased the fight.

Photo: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Ruiz on fight with Arreola: ‘This is going to be an action-packed event’

 Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz, Jr. will battle all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola in the main event of an all-Mexican boxing extravaganza on Saturday, May 1, headlining a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an undercard stacked from top to bottom with fan-friendly, action-packed matchups, as the co-feature will see former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Jr. clash with Abel Ramos in a 12-round welterweight bout. Sensational super welterweight contender Sebastián “The Towering Inferno” Fundora takes on hard-hitting Jorge “El Demonio” Cota in a 12-round battle and rising welterweight star Jesús Ramos, Jr., the nephew of Abel Ramos, duels U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina for 10-rounds of welterweight action.

The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com. Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially distanced and subject to local and state health guidelines throughout the event.

The FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View is priced at $49.95.

Ruiz and Arreola, two Mexican-American heavyweights from Southern California, have been circling each other for years. They both had designs on becoming the first fighter of Mexican descent to win the heavyweight title. Ruiz won it and lost it, while Arreola still hungers for it. This high-stakes match will determine who remains in the hunt.

Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) shocked the boxing world in 2019 when he was brought in as a late replacement to face heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and turned the tables on the champion, knocking him out in the seventh round and taking home the titles. The 31-year-old from Imperial, California, lost his rematch with Joshua by unanimous decision but has now rededicated himself to regaining the heavyweight championship.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring on May 1,” said Ruiz, who is now being trained by renowned coach Eddy Reynoso. “Training with coach Eddy in his gym has been amazing. I’m around great fighters like Canelo Alvarez, and we’re putting in the work so that I can look better than ever.

“I have known Chris Arreola since I turned professional. He’s a Mexican warrior just like me, and I expect him to come at me with everything he’s got. This is going to be an action-packed event between fighters who do not go backwards. I will be smart and ready to do whatever it takes to get the win and put myself back in position to become heavyweight champion again.”

Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) has a career that has spanned 17 years, and he remains one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the sport. Born in East Los Angeles to parents from Mexico, Arreola has fought for the heavyweight championship three times and come up short. He began working with renowned trainer Joe Goossen before his last match against Adam Kownacki and appeared to have turned back the clock. It was a back-and-forth, up-tempo match, and Goossen’s work with Arreola was on full display. Arreola acquitted himself well but came up on the short end of the decision.

“Training with Joe Goossen is tedious, hard work,” said Arreola, whose father was a boxer who would take him to Mexico to watch the legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. train. “We’re doing everything that we can so that when Ruiz and I face each other, fight fans will get treated to an all-out war between the two best Mexican-American heavyweights to ever step in the ring. This matchup should be a fan-friendly fight, and I plan on winning behind all of my hard work.”

This is a nice tuneup for Ruiz, and hopefully, for him, it could lead to bigger fights, including with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, which is a big fight, and who, like Ruiz, is signed to PBC and Al Haymon.

It’s also an opportunity for Arreola to have one last shot to put himself in a position to get a title. 

Not giving Arreola much of a shot in this one, but hey, anything can happen in boxing, especially in the heavyweight division. 

Kownacki: ‘Hopefully, next year I’ll get the title shot’

Unbeaten Polish star and Brooklyn native Adam Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) in an all-action brawl in front of his hometown fans that headlined FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes Saturday night from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™. 

Kownacki and Arreola set the CompuBox heavyweight record for combined punches landed and thrown in a heavyweight fight. They landed a combined 667 punches, besting the previous record of 650, while throwing 2,172 punches, far surpassing the previous mark of 1,730.

“Chris is an Aztec warrior,” said Kownacki. “He’s a great fighter. I knew it would be a tough fight and I prepared for it. The CompuBox numbers prove it was a great fight.”

“Adam is relentless,” said Arreola. “He just keeps coming. I know I got him with some good punches and he got me with some good ones. I was more than ready to go all 12, but Adam came in and won the fight.”

The action began right from the first bell, as Kownacki charged at Arreola and immediately began exchanging as both men threw power punches in bunches. Kownacki worked off of his jab to initiate his offense, while Arreola was effectively able to counter his hard-charging opponent and respond every time he was hit with a combination.

“I thought it was a good close fight but I knew I pulled it out,” said Kownacki. “I landed a lot of shots and that was enough to win. That’s all that matters.”

Kownacki stunned Arreola in the early moments of round two but Arreola quickly responded to slow Kownacki’s momentum. Arreola found more and more success with his overhand right as the fight went, landing the punch numerous times in the fourth and fifth round especially.

Round six was a back and forth affair that featured a big offensive surge from Kownacki early in the round, before an exciting exchange at the end of the round saw both men take heavy punches.

“I tried to follow up when I had him hurt but I was throwing two punches instead of three or four,” said Kownacki. “Props to Arreola because he proved he could still hang. I’m sure the fans would want to see him again.”

The middle rounds saw Arreola pick up a hand injury, but it didn’t appear to slow him down much as his punch output continued to be strong for the second half of the fight. For Kownacki, it was his first time going past 10 rounds as a pro.

After the punches continued to fly through the last bell, the two heavyweights embraced in the ring prior to hearing the judges’ scores. After 12 rounds, all three judges saw the fight in favor of Kownacki, by scores of 117-11 twice and 118-110

“Retirement is something I need to talk to my family and team about,” said Arreola. “I gave it my all this fight. I let it all hang out. After breaking my hand, I kept fighting because I believed I could win.”

“I just have to keep training hard, getting better and sharpening my skills,” said Kownacki. “We’ll see what the future holds. Hopefully, next year I’ll get the title shot.

Photo: Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions

 

Kownacki on Arreola fight: ‘I want to get the knockout’

Undefeated Polish star and Brooklyn native Adam Kownacki showed off his skills at world-famous Gleason’s Gym on Wednesday as he prepared for his main event showdown against Chris Arreola, which headlines FOX PBC Fight Night this Saturday from Barclays Center.

For the 30-year-old Kownacki, a win over Arreola moves him one step closer to a title shot. However, he knows he can’t overlook his opponent.

“I’m ready to go. I’m looking to make a statement on Saturday,” Kownacki said at his media workout on Wednesday. “It’s been a long full camp, and I’m ready for anything Arreola is going to bring.

“My focus is completely on Chris Arreola. Of course, somewhere in the back of your mind, you think about the future. But I know that I have to take care of business Saturday before anything.”

While Kownacki believes he is prepared to go the distance against Arreola, his goal is a knockout.

“I’m ready to go 12 rounds,” Kownacki said. “I want to get the knockout, and we’re going to fire versus fire. The knockout is definitely what we trained for, and I’m expecting that result.

“This is great exposure for me, and we’re going to give the fans a great fight. We’re both coming in with heavy hands, and we’ll be ready to let them go.”

Fortunately for Kownacki, his Polish fans will be out in full force at Barclays Center, which excites him.

“It’s going to be an amazing atmosphere,” Kownacki said. “I can’t wait to see the crowd and enjoy the moment. It’s going to be a sea of red and white shirts. You can’t miss it.

“I used to go to all of Tomasz Adamek’s fights at Prudential Center, and that was really inspiring. Seeing everyone come together was amazing. One guy being able to bring everyone together is incredible.”

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/TGB Promotions

Kownacki on WIlder: ‘I knocked out Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington faster than he did’

Polish star and heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki(19-0, 15 KOs) is slowly moving up the heavyweight rankings. The Brooklyn-based boxer is a crowd favorite at Barclays Center, and on August 3, he will battle former title challenger Chris Arreola(38-5-1, 33 KOs) in Brooklyn.

Kownacki is coming off a stoppage victory over Gerald Washington back in January. The ultimate goal for Kownacki is shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and Arreola will be the third opponent(Washington, Artur Szpilka) that Kownacki and Wilder have in common. Both Kownacki and Wilder stopped Washington and Szpilka, but Kownacki stopped Washington and Szpilka faster than Wilder, and he hopes to do the same against Arreola.

“This is the third fighter I’ve had in common with Deontay Wilder,” Kownacki said on Tuesday at a press conference at Barclays Center. “I knocked out Artur Szpilka and Gerald Washington faster than he did, and I’m looking to do the same August 3.”

Kownacki and Arreola are two fighters that like to come forward, which, according to Kownacki, should make for a great night of boxing.

“Chris Arreola and I are going to put on the Fight of the Year,” Kownacki said. “We’re going to show that the big guys can really fight.

“The heavyweight division is hot right now, and this is going to add to it. With our styles being guys who come forward, it doesn’t get better as a boxing fan.”

If Kownacki keeps winning, he might have a chance to get his title shot against Wilder. Kownacki has a decent sized fanbase in Brooklyn, so if both fighters keep winning, we might see Wilder-Kownacki near the end of 2019 at Barclays Center.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Kownacki-Arreola, Browne-Pascal, Berto-Cruz set for August 3 in Brooklyn

Undefeated Polish star and Brooklyn-native Adam Kownacki will look to thrill in front of a hometown crowd when he steps into the ring against veteran former title challenger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola for a 12-round heavyweight showdown that headlines FOX PBC Fight Night on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, August 3 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.

The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features former world champion Andre Berto taking on Miguel Cruz in a 10-round welterweight clash and unbeaten interim WBA Light Heavyweight Champion “Sir” Marcus Browne battling former world champion Jean Pascal in a 12-round bout.

The heavyweight division is red hot and Kownacki is a top rising challenger who will look to continue his ascent up the rankings with a win over the all-action veteran Arreola. This will be Kownacki’s ninth fight at Barclays Center, and his first as the headlining attraction.

Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) is noted for his tenacity and has been progressing towards a world title shot with knockouts in five of his last six fights. The 30-year-old, who was born in Lomza, Poland and moved to Brooklyn when he was seven, was an accomplished amateur in New York City before turning pro. He scored an impressive unanimous decision victory over former world champion Charles Martin last year and is coming off of a devastating knockout victory against Gerald Washington in January on FOX. His last three fights and six of his last seven have taken place at Barclays Center, where he has routinely brought out the area’s passionate Polish sports fans.

Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KOs), a veteran of the heavyweight division, has contended for the world title three times, most recently against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2016. Since losing to Wilder, the 38-year-old Arreola from Los Angeles, California has put together back-to-back victories, including a stoppage of then unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin on a PBC on FOX Sports pay-per-view undercard in March.

Berto (32-5, 24 KOs) has fought some of the top welterweight champions of this generation, including Floyd Mayweather. The 35-year-old won a welterweight world title with TKO victory over Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008 and successfully defended it five times before losing it to Victor Ortiz in 2011. He later avenged that loss to Ortiz with a knockout victory in 2016 on FOX. A native of Winter Haven Florida, Berto is coming off a split decision victory over former welterweight champion Devon Alexander in his last fight in August on FOX.

Cruz (18-1, 12 KOs) is among a group of promising welterweights prepared to burst onto the scene in one of the most talent-rich division in boxing. The 28-year-old from Lake Mary, Florida will be stepping up a level with his bout against Berto. He scored a TKO victory over Luis Eduardo Florez in his last fight in January to bounce back from a decision loss to Josesito Lopez on FOX in April 2018.

“I’m excited for all my Boricuas and NYC fight fans to come out and show love in August 3,” Cruz said. “I want to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible, and I’m definitely going to make the most if it. This is a different era in boxing and I’m here to prove it to the world and to Andre Berto. Don’t miss this night of boxing.”

The 28-year-old Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) won the interim title with a rousing unanimous decision victory over former two-division champion Badou Jack in January. A 2012 U.S. Olympian from Staten Island, Browne has fought at Barclays Center 12 times in his career as he made his steady climb up the light heavyweight ranks. Pascal will be the second straight former world champion that he has faced.

Pascal (33-6-1, 20 KOs) has been in the ring with the top fighters of his era during his brilliant career, including Bernard Hopkins, Sergey Kovalev, Carl Froch, Lucian Bute and Chad Dawson. The 36-year-old, who was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and now lives in Laval, Quebec, Canada, won the light heavyweight world title with a unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu in 2009. He is coming off a loss to Dmitry Bivol in his last fight after putting together back-to-back TKO victories over Ahmed Elbiali and Steve Bosse.

Photo: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Benavidez-Love, Arreola-Augustin, Nery-Arroyo announced for Spence-Garcia undercard

Unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. defends his title against undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia in a highly anticipated and historic showdown for pound-for-pound supremacy that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event on Saturday, March 16 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The four-fight pay-per-view card will also see unbeaten former super middleweight world champion David Benavidez taking on veteran contender J’Leon Love in a 10-round showdown, undefeated former 118-pound champion Luis Nery battling former champion McJoe Arroyo in a 10-round attraction and fan-favorite Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola facing unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin for 10-rounds of action.

The 22-year-old Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest fighter to ever win a super middleweight title in 2017 when he defeated Ronald Gavril at just 20-years-old. Fighting out of Phoenix, Benavidez’s older brother Jose is also a pro fighter who challenged Terrence Crawford last year. Benavidez most recently won a rematch against Gavril last February, and as WBC “Champion in Recess” he will look to reclaim his belt against the winner of the Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim bout for the vacant title on February 23.

Born in Detroit but fighting out of Las Vegas, Love (24-2-1, 13 KOs) has long been amongst the top contenders at super middleweight and most recently lost a decision to Peter Quillin in August. The 31-year-old had been previously unbeaten in seven bouts heading into the contest against Quillin.

Currently riding a nine-fight knockout streak, Nery (28-0, 24 KOs) will look to get one step closer to a fight to regain a bantamweight title when he steps into the ring March 16. The 24-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico twice traveled to Japan and stopped Shinsuke Yamanaka in WBC title fights. In 2018 he stopped Jason Canoy and Renson Robles heading into his U.S. debut against Arroyo.

A 2008 Olympian for his home country of Puerto Rico, Arroyo (18-2. 8 KOs) captured a 115-pound championship with a technical decision over Arthur Villanueva in their 2015 clash. After dropping decisions against Rau’shee Warren and Jerwin Ancajas, the 33-year-old most recently defeated Sander Diaz last June.

An exciting brawler inside the ring, Arreola (37-5-1, 32 KOs) is well-known for challenging the best heavyweights in the sport throughout his career, and for becoming a popular attraction in and around his native Los Angeles for his fighting style and persona. The 37-year-old faced the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Tomasz Adamek, and Bermane Stiverne, before challenging Deontay Wilder for his title in 2016. After a brief retirement, Arreola returned to stop Maurenzo Smith last December.

Unbeaten and fighting out of Louisville, Augustin (17-0-1, 12 KOs) will face his toughest and most experienced test to date in Arreola. Born in Haiti, Augustin turned pro in 2014 and has steadily climbed up the heavyweight rankings.