Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021
News Every Day |

Ruiz: “Date coming soon” for next fight, still in camp with Team Canelo

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua - Press Conference - Riyadh
Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images

The former titleholder is still in camp with Eddy Reynoso and the Canelo team.

Former heavyweight titleholder Andy Ruiz Jr hasn’t fought since a disappointing and frankly somewhat embarrassing rematch loss to Anthony Joshua in Dec. 2019, as various attempts to get him back into the ring in 2020 never wound up going through.

But the 31-year-old Ruiz (33-2, 22 KO) is still in camp with new trainer Eddy Reynoso and the rest of the Canelo team, and is looking in notably better shape than last we saw him in the ring. Ruiz says a fight date is “coming soon” as of today, at least:

And here’s a shot of Ruiz with the rest of the lads in Reynoso’s gym (L to R: Ruiz, Canelo, Frank Sanchez, Ryan Garcia, Oscar Valdez) so you can get sort of a measure of how Ruiz is looking next to the other guys:

Ruiz, of course, was the story of the sports world for a bit in 2019, when he shocked Joshua at Madison Square Garden to win the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, before the rematch six months later in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz showed up out of shape even by his normal standards; while Andy’s never going to have the AJ six pack or even Tyson Fury’s more evenly distributed “softness” (relatively to Hercules heavyweight bodies, mind you), he was 15-20 pounds heavier than even his normal higher-end weights, and it showed up in the ring, as he couldn’t get out of the blocks against AJ.

After parting ways with trainer Manny Robles, Ruiz linked up with Reynoso last fall. There will always be questions about Ruiz’s dedication and consistency until he answers them for an extended period, and nobody outside of Ruiz’s immediate circle could possibly blame Robles for what happened in the Joshua rematch. But Reynoso is a top-tier trainer and if Andy takes to it and stays focused, he’s still a legitimate heavyweight contender.

As for what he’ll do when he returns, the only name repeatedly attached to him has been Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KO), the veteran former title challenger who will turn 40 on March 5. There were reportedly terms agreed for them to fight late last year, but it didn’t happen.

If that’s still the plan, yes, Arreola is long past his best days, and was notably another guy whose indifference to conditioning cost him on his biggest stages in his career. But he’s always still game, too, and he’s tough as hell to this day; last time we saw him, he lost to Adam Kownacki, but threw 1,125 punches, the most for a heavyweight in CompuBox’s history. Ruiz-Arreola would be, in theory, a comeback/get-well fight for Ruiz, but Chris Arreola still makes opponents earn it, too; he won’t just roll over, and if Ruiz has just lost it, the old guy might wind up simply being too determined.

Personally, I still like that matchup for what it’s meant to be, in part because no, Ruiz is not going to come back and fight a top contender right off the bat, and I’d strongly prefer a born fighter like Arreola to Alexander Flores getting another FOX main event or something, and a Flores type is probably the alternative here, not Michael Hunter or someone.

Read also

India Test pitch pushed England to 'extremes' - coach Silverwood

Saudi Crown Prince APPROVED plan to ‘capture or kill’ Khashoggi, newly-declassified US intelligence report says

Washington Spirit and Sandy Spring Bank Renew Sponsorship Agreement in a Multi-Year Deal

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Bass Stories - Pet Fish, Baby Squirrels, and Clay Dyer