Earlier today, ESPN’s Tim Keown shared details of his bizarrely difficult quest to get in touch with former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr a year after Ruiz’s legendary upset of Anthony Joshua. It’s an excellent piece that I don’t wish to sully with paraphrasing and chopped-up quotes, so I’ll stick with sharing a specific piece of information: father Andy Ruiz Sr, who manages his son’s career, claims that the “idea” is to have “The Destroyer” face Chris Arreola in November.
That might take a bit of doing. The 39-year-old Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KO) claimed before his August fight with Adam Kownacki that he would retire if defeated, and though “The Nightmare” averaged nearly 100 punches per round in a terrific effort, he failed to keep up with the younger man en route to a unanimous decision loss. Of course, this is boxing, a sport where retirement has about as much staying power as a major comic book character’s death.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KO) was tentatively linked to a midyear clash with Luis Ortiz, though that matchup appeared to fizzle quickly. He recently signed a one-fight deal with 2019 Trainer of the Year Eddy Reynoso.
This is obviously a serious step down from “King Kong,” but at least Arreola always goes for it.