From Dan Ambrose: Chris Arreola does not believe Canelo Alvarez placeholder image can teach an “old dog” Andy Ruiz Jr new tricks to improve him to the point where he can’t beat him in battle against Fox Sports PBC Pay-Per-View on May 1st.
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) has put herself in great shape and looks thinner than ever for this important fight. Although Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) has also lost a lot of weight, he looks like someone who has lost too much weight.
We’ll see which of these two sometimes plump heavyweights has the right weight and can fight at a high level.
Ruiz and Arreola will headline the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Ruiz’s management selected 40-year-old Arreola in the hopes that he had just enough left in the tank to have a good fight but not enough to win.
Ruiz, 31, is fighting for the first time since losing his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua in December 2019.
It took Ruiz a long time to finally get back to the ring, but the pandemic and the need to shed pounds have slowed him down.
Arreola weighs in the mid-230s
“I am blessed to have gone through so many chapters in boxing,” Arreola told Fighthype. “I’m a lucky guy. I’ve always said that I’ll let my steadfastness do the talking.
“I just keep working and don’t stop because I love what I’m doing. I thank Andy for giving me the opportunity to demonstrate my skills again. It should be a fun fight.
“There are some who do me the honor and others who just talk s ***. I know what I’ve done and I’ve worked hard in every fight.
“Whether I won or lost, I worked hard in every one of my fights. Yes, that’s because I’m Mexican. The Mexican comes out inside of me in every one of my fights.
“They want me to box, but I have a hard time boxing when I want to fight. I said this was not a camp. That was pure boxing, training hard every day, three hours a day.
“I’m here and then I’ll train at home for another hour and a half. Right now I’m walking around the mid-230s or somewhere around there. The thing is, I really don’t give what I weigh.
“All I care about is going to war with Andy, doing all 12 laps and giving the fans a great fight. That’s all I’m worried about.
“I used to care too much about my weight and neglect my boxing part. Now it’s all about boxing, ”said Arreola.
It’s a bit of a shock to see how thin Arreola is right now, and he looks like someone who has lost muscle weight. This is not a good thing.
Arreola is likely hoping he can repeat his feat by throwing over 1,000 punches in his last fight against Adam Kownacki. If Arreola can do that against Ruiz, he has a chance to win.
When you look at how tall and muscular Arreola looked when he weighed 251 pounds for his 2009 fight against former WBC champ Vitali Klitschko, one wonders.
Canelo cannot teach an old dog Ruiz new tricks
“He [Ruiz] looks good and that motivates me to work harder because I know he’s a motivated fighter and someone to fight against, ”said Arreola.
“Of course I’m in the best shape I can to withstand his endurance and abilities.
“So that should be a great barn burner for the fans. I will be against him. Canelo can’t get into the ring. Canelo can teach him anything he can, but can he teach an old dog new tricks?
“I’m sure he’ll pick up some things that will take a great fight, a fan-friendly fight. He [Ruiz] is lucky enough to have someone like Canelo.
“He’s someone who’s been there and done that, and he teaches him a lot. Come back fight time, it’s just me and Andy and no Canelo. Canelo can watch outside.
“Personally, if I had the opportunity, I probably would have done the same. I would probably have been blown up, ”said Arreola as Ruiz slacked off after beating Anthony Joshua to win the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
“It’s hard for a man who has nothing to just have everything. Think about it. Let’s just say everyone who makes 40,000 a year and then suddenly here 10 million.
“How are you going to behave? I don’t think so against him. It’s human nature, man, and it’s tough. This is his comeback, ”said Arreola.
All of the things Canelo tries to teach Ruiz can cause him to cut his work rate. Canelo tried to teach Ruiz how to avoid gunfire, which is good, but not when it comes at the expense of his offense.
Arreola wants to turn Ruiz into a Buster Douglas
“Let’s see what he [Ruiz] and I’m working hard to turn him into a Buster Douglas, ”said Arreola. “I don’t go by numbers, but I just say that. It’s going to be a great fight, and it’s going to be a fun fight.
“It’s a stacked Mexican card. If you know anything about Mexicans, we love to fight. We love to fight, not because we fight, but because we love the respect we get after a fight.
“So it should be a great boxing night, a great pay-per-view boxing event. After him [Ruiz] I won the fight and just said, “Congratulations and so on.
“I’m not a hater. He deserved everything he got. And he deserved that title and did something I didn’t.
“He took the opportunity. I had my options, but I didn’t take them.
“My respect went to him and his team when he won the title. He was fat, but who cares? He did exactly what he was supposed to do and he was in the best boxing condition.
“Not that he was a bodybuilder, but he was in the best boxing condition,” said Ruiz’s Arreola.
We’ve already seen that Ruiz is a Buster Douglas as he instantly lost his titles in his rematch with Joshua. The only thing Arreola can do is end Ruiz’s career the way Evander Holyfield ended Douglas’ career.