Andy Ruiz Jr vs Chris Arreola date: UK start time, how to watch and undercard as Mexican makes boxing return after Anthony Joshua defeat

Andy Ruiz Jr is set to make his long-awaited return to the ring having had 18 months off following his defeat to Anthony Joshua.

Ruiz Jr was propelled into the limelight when he stunned Joshua in New York in the summer of 2019 to claim his heavyweight world titles.

Andy Ruiz Jr will make his boxing comeback in May
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The Mexican celebrated wildly in the aftermath of that shock victory and struggled to replicate his display in their rematch, comprehensively losing in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.

Ruiz Jr is now ready to get back under the lights and will take on Chris Arreola at the start of May.

Arreola, a 40-year-old born to Mexican parents, has a 38 and six professional record and last lost to Adam Kownacki in August 2019.

Ruiz Jr v Arreola: Date and how to watch

This 12-round heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday, May 1 and is being held at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.   

The main event will likely get under way at around 5am UK time on Sunday but news on the start times will follow.

TV coverage for UK fans has not been confirmed as of yet but it will be shown on FOX PPV in the USA.

Andy Ruiz Jr stunned Anthony Joshua in June 2019 but went on to lose their rematch
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Ruiz Jr v Arreola: Undercard

Subject to change

  • Andy Ruiz v Chris Arreola
  • Erislandy Lara v Thomas Lamanna – for vacant WBA Middleweight Title
  • Eduardo Ramirez v Isaac Avelar – for WBA Interim Featherweight Title
  • Sebastian Fundora v Jorge Cota
  • Omar Figueroa Jr v Abel Ramos
  • Jesus Alejandro Ramos v Javier Molina
  • Adrian Granados v Jose Luis Sanchez

Ruiz Jr v Arreola: What’s been said?

Chris Arreola: “He’s motivated to knock my block off but I’m motivated too. I want to win. 

“He may have been the first Mexican heavyweight champion but the best Mexican is right here.

“People that know me and have watched me fight, know I try not to be in a boring fight at all. 

“I come to leave it all in the f****** ring.”

Source: Sport

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