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Ruiz vs Arreola: Omar Figueroa vs Abel Ramos, Jesus Ramos vs Javier Molina on undercard

Figueroa has not fought in nearly two years.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

FOX’s upcoming April 24 pay-per-view, headlined by Andy Ruiz Jr vs Chris Arreola, appears to be coming together. The last two days have seen Mike Coppinger reveal a pair of matchups that figure to be plenty entertaining, if not particularly heavy on name value: Omar Figueroa Jr vs Abel Ramos and Jesus Ramos vs Javier Molina.

Figueroa (28-1-1, 19 KO) has seen a promising career fizzle out due to inactivity, regularly missing weight, and issues outside of the ring. He nonetheless kept an undefeated record intact until July 2019, when Yordenis Ugas ran roughshod over him on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard. He hasn’t fought since and will be in tough against Ramos (26-4-2, 20 KO), who’s only ever lost to quality opposition and scored an impressive come-from-behind knockout of Bryant Perrella last year.

Abel’s nephew Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14 KO) is a highly promising and highly entertaining 19-year-old who’s ended all of his fights inside four rounds and was last seen knocking out Jesus Emilio Bojorquez on last Saturday’s Anthony Dirrell-Kyrone Davis card. He faces a genuine test in Molina (22-3, 9 KO), who’d beaten the capable Hiroki Okada and Amir Imam before last September’s loss to Jose Pedraza.

Genuinely good matchmaking for a FOX card. For a PPV card? You’ll have to do better than that.

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