If his pre-fight insistence pans out, Chris Arreola ought to enter the ring this weekend at his lightest weight in additional than 5 years.
The actual objective, nevertheless, is to supply essentially the most disciplined model of the three-time heavyweight title challenger. Extra so than his bodily look, Arreola plans to be at his most conscious and elusive in his all-Mexican heavyweight showdown with former unified heavyweight titlist Andy Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs).
“I’ve labored nonstop on protection with Joe,” Arreola (38-6-1, 33KOs) insisted to Fox Sports activities’ Heidi Androl when requested what has separated this coaching camp from some other in his 18-year professional profession. “That’s one factor we emphasised on this camp—counterpunch and convey these fingers again.
“I don’t need one other Bermane Stiverne (scenario) taking place to me. He broke my nostril the primary time. The second time, he knocked me out. I can’t have that occur in entrance of my children, in entrance of my followers. All I do know, I’m going to provide [Ruiz] a warfare and I’m going to provide him a terrific battle.”
Saturday’s showdown with Ruiz marks the second straight battle with famend coach Joe Goossen manning the nook of Arreola.
The 2 put within the crucial work for Arreola’s final outing, a 12-round unanimous resolution defeat to then-unbeaten Adam Kownacki. Arreola—38 on the time—set the Compubox report with 1,125 punches thrown, essentially the most ever by a heavyweight for the reason that firm started recording punch stats starting in 1985. The bruising heavyweight landed 283-of-995 energy punches, providing a high-volume battle for the reason that model matchup referred to as for such an strategy.
Whereas the now 40-year-old California native plans to convey the ache this weekend, a extra methodical strategy is promised in opposition to Ruiz who’s seen as among the many division’s simplest technicians.
“To be trustworthy, they’re each two very completely different fighters,” Arreola explains within the differing approaches for Kownacki and Ruiz. “Somebody like Adam, we simply bang it out, slug it out.
“With one thing like Andy, I’ve to be very conscious always. He has quick followers—clearly by far, the quickest fingers within the heavyweight division. I’ve to ensure to convey my fingers again and transfer my head. That is going to be a terrific battle. It needs to be a great matchup.”
The upcoming bout headlines a four-fight Fox Sports activities Pay-Per-View occasion, airing stay from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox