Tickets Go On Sale This Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT! Former Unified Heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz, Jr. Makes Ring Return Towards All-Motion Heavyweight Chris Arreola in Foremost Occasion of All-Mexican Extravaganza on FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View Saturday, Might 1 from
Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California
Former World Champion Omar Figueroa, Jr. Clashes with Abel Ramos & Sensational Contender Sebastián Fundora Takes on Exhausting-Hitting Jorge Cota in Co-Featured Occasions
CARSON, CALIF. – (March 24 , 2021) – Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz, Jr. will battle all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare’’ Arreola in the primary occasion of an all-Mexican boxing extravaganza on Saturday, Might 1 headlining a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
The pay-per-view begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an undercard stacked from high to backside with fan-friendly, action-packed matchups, because the co-feature will see former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Jr. conflict with Abel Ramos in a 12-round welterweight bout. Sensational tremendous welterweight contender Sebastián “The Towering Inferno’’ Fundora takes on hard-hitting Jorge “El Demonio’’ Cota in a 12-round battle and rising welterweight star Jesús Ramos, Jr., the nephew of Abel Ramos, duels U.S. Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina for 10-rounds of welterweight motion.
The occasion is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT and might be bought at AXS.com. Dignity Well being Sports activities Park can be open to followers in a restricted capability, with all company remaining socially distanced and topic to native and state well being pointers all through the occasion.
The FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View is priced at $49.95.
“This pay-per-view card is among the finest all-action lineups that I can keep in mind and is loaded with fighters who know nothing however delivering toe-to-toe fight. Headlining the cardboard is the one heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, Andy Ruiz, Jr., taking up Chris Arreola, the primary critical Mexican-American heavyweight contender,’’ mentioned Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the sports activities world when he destroyed Anthony Joshua to win heavyweight titles at Madison Sq. Backyard. No upset in recent times has been almost as huge a narrative as Ruiz gorgeous Joshua and no boxer of Mexican descent weighing greater than 175 kilos had ever received a championship earlier than him. Ruiz has re-dedicated himself and is concentrated on regaining the heavyweight crown and Arreola is set to make yet another run on the title.
“The pay-per-view undercard matchups are toss-up fights that predicate nice motion, that includes high younger contenders, a former world champion and an Olympian. It doesn’t matter what occurs on Might 1, boxing followers would be the actual winners.”
Ruiz and Arreola, two Mexican-American heavyweights from Southern California, have been circling one another for years. They each had designs on turning into the primary fighter of Mexican descent to win the heavyweight title. Ruiz received it and misplaced it, whereas Arreola nonetheless hungers for it. This high-stakes match will decide who stays within the hunt.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) shocked the boxing world in 2019 when he was introduced in as a late alternative to face heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and turned the tables on the champion, knocking him out within the seventh spherical and taking house the titles. The 31-year-old from Imperial, California misplaced his rematch with Joshua by unanimous choice, however has now rededicated himself to regaining the heavyweight championship.
“I can’t wait to get again within the ring on Might 1,” mentioned Ruiz, who’s now being educated by famend coach Eddy Reynoso. “Coaching with coach Eddy in his health club has been wonderful. I’m round nice fighters like Canelo Alvarez and we’re placing within the work in order that I can look higher than ever.
“I’ve identified Chris Arreola since I turned skilled. He’s a Mexican warrior similar to me, and I count on him to return at me with every thing he’s received. That is going to be an motion packed occasion between fighters who don’t go backwards. I can be sensible and able to do no matter it takes to get the win and put myself again in place to turn into heavyweight champion once more.”
Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) has a profession that has spanned 17 years and he stays probably the most harmful heavyweights within the sport. Born in East Los Angeles to folks from Mexico, Arreola has fought for the heavyweight championship thrice and are available up quick. He started working with famend coach Joe Goossen earlier than his final match towards Adam Kownacki and appeared to have turned again the clock. It was a back-and-forth, up-tempo match and Goossen’s work with Arreola was on full show. Arreola acquitted himself properly, however got here up on the quick finish of the choice.
“Coaching with Joe Goossen is tedious, exhausting work,” mentioned Arreola, whose father was a boxer who would take him to Mexico to look at the legend Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. practice. “We’re doing every thing that we will in order that when Ruiz and I face one another, battle followers will get handled to an all-out warfare between the 2 finest Mexican-American heavyweights to ever step within the ring. This matchup must be a fan pleasant battle, and I plan on profitable behind all of my exhausting work.”
The 31-year-old Figueroa (30-1-1, 19 KOs) is from a combating household alongside together with his youthful brother Brandon, the WBA Tremendous Bantamweight Champion. Figueroa received the WBC Light-weight World Championship with a unanimous choice victory over Nihito Arakawa in a 2013 “Battle of the 12 months” and efficiently defended the title two instances earlier than transferring as much as tremendous light-weight in 2015. In his final battle in 2019, he fought Yordenis Ugas, who’s at present the WBA Welterweight World Champion, shedding a unanimous choice.
“I’ve been coaching with Joel Diaz for the final six weeks and doing every thing obligatory main as much as this battle,” mentioned Figueroa. “That is the most effective form I’ve ever been on this far out from a battle, as a result of I now notice what I have to do otherwise to make sure the longevity of my profession. I’m coaching and getting ready the appropriate manner. I can’t wait to show on Might 1 that I belong with the elite fighters on this division.”
Abel Ramos (26-4-2, 20 KOs) can also be from a combating household. His older brother, Jesús, Sr. trains him, and his nephew, Jesús, Jr., is a spectacular welterweight prospect featured on this pay-per-view undercard. Ramos, 29, is from Casa Grande, Arizona and misplaced a slim cut up choice to Yordenis Ugas in his final battle. He received an opportunity to show each his comeback skill and his punching energy in his earlier battle earlier than Ugas, when he scored a final second KO victory towards Bryant Perrella. Ramos was trailing on all of the judges’ scorecards on the time of the knockout.
“This battle can be thrilling as a result of Omar’s boxing model and my boxing model match up completely for an action-packed battle,” mentioned Ramos. “I count on him to placed on the strain like he all the time does. However I can be ready for that and the rest he brings on battle night time. A victory over Omar will put me in place to battle for a world title once more. I wish to earn that shot with an important efficiency and show that I can beat the most effective fighters within the division.”
Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) continues to stand up the tremendous welterweight ranks and his match towards the veteran Jorge Cota can be his hardest so far. He steps into the squared circle exhibiting off the talents of a rugged boxer who’s simply as snug combating on the within as on the skin. The 23-year-old Fundora’s mom is Mexican and his father is Cuban, and each had been boxers. He was born in West Palm Seashore, Florida however now lives and trains in Coachella, California. Fundora is coming off a knockout victory over Habib Ahmed final December.
“I’m actually trying ahead to combating Jorge Cota on this huge occasion on Might 1,” mentioned Fundora, who at 6-foot-6 appears like he must be organising on the wing of a basketball court docket fairly than squaring off in a boxing ring. “I’m laser-focused as a result of I do know this can be a tricky check for me. I’m positive that he can be coaching exhausting too, however I’ll be up for the problem and I sit up for exhibiting off my abilities and combating for all of the hard-working individuals on the market.”
Cota (30-4, 27 KOs) is a rugged slugger who all the time involves battle. He has been within the ring with unified 154-pound world champion Jermell Charlo, former unified world champion Jeison Rosario and high contender Erickson Lubin. Cota, 33, is from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico and is coming off a strong knockout victory over Thomas LaManna final January. Along with his expertise and energy, Cota will current a problem yet-unseen by the rising Fundora.
“I’m treating this battle like it’s do-or-die for my profession,” mentioned Cota. “Fundora may be very tall, however he might be hit. I believe my model works properly towards his. I can’t wait to show what I can do on Might 1.”
Ramos (15-0, 14 KOs), the nephew of welterweight contender Abel Ramos, has paved his option to stardom within the talent-laden welterweight division with highlight-reel KOs. He has scored five-straight knockout victories following his solely professional battle that went the gap, which got here in a June 2019 unanimous choice over Kevin Shacks. He steadily elevated the toughness of competitors in 2020 and he has continued that development in 2021. In his final battle, Ramos scored a spectacular knockout victory over rugged veteran Jesus Emilio Bojorquez in February.
“I’m seeking to make an announcement on this battle towards a tricky opponent in Javier Molina,” mentioned Ramos, a 20-year-old from Casa Grande, Arizona. “We all know it’s an enormous step up, however my group and I really feel prefer it’s time the world sees my expertise. Molina will deliver out a few of the many issues that I’m able to. This win would show that I’m not simply any prospect. Battle followers don’t wish to miss this one, as a result of they’re going to see an thrilling glimpse of what I can do within the ring.”
The 31-year-old Molina (22-3, 9 KOs) additionally grew up within the sport, as his father was an newbie boxer. Molina was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing group, whereas his twin brother, Oscar, represented Mexico within the 2008 Olympics. He has an older brother, Carlos, who is also a boxer. Combating out of Norwalk, California, Molina is coming off a unanimous choice loss to Jose Pedraza final September. Earlier than that, he scored a unanimous choice victory over veteran contender Amir Imam.
“I’m excited for this battle and for the chance to face an unbeaten prospect in Jesús Ramos,” mentioned Molina. “Lots of people are most likely counting me out, however I’m able to show all of the doubters mistaken. That is going to be an important battle that followers received’t wish to miss on Might 1.”