Ruiz in advanced talks to face Arreola

Former WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. is on the brink of a comeback fight against three-time world title challenger Chris Arreola. 

Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) hasn’t fought since losing his titles to Anthony Joshua in their rematch in Saudi Arabia last December. But he has since undergone a career reboot after leaving former coach Manny Robles to link up with Eddy Reynoso, trainer of Canelo Alvarez.

Fellow Mexican-American Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) confirmed to Sky Sports that talks are currently looking positive for a battle between the two PBC fighters. Arreola says that Ruiz is one of the few men who could lure him back to a boxing ring following a points defeat to Adam Kownacki last year.

“Yes, actually there’s been a couple of talks, but I’m not at liberty of saying anything right now,” Arreola told Sky Sports. “But they are looking fairly good. Looking very good. I’m actually very excited for that fight.

“I think that’s the only fight that looks promising for myself. If that fight doesn’t come around then, you know, I’m okay with staying at home.

“But that’s the only fight that’s very enticing, not only to myself, also for the boxing fans. I think the boxing fans will love a boxing fight with two Mexican heavyweights that are going at it.”

“We’re both Californians, we’re both in the rankings, we’re both fan-friendly fighters and we’re both of Mexican heritage,” added Arreola. “We all know what Mexican fighters bring to the table. They bring non-stop excitement. We just come forward and we just love to fight.

“I think it will be a great fight between me and Andy.”

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