Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola Pay Per View Card Now To Go Down May 1st

By: Sean Crose Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz will be facing the popular and longtime heavyweight contender Chris Arreola on May 1'st at Carson, California's Dignity Health Sports Park. The bout was originally set for April. Although this promises to be an intriguing and most likely entertaining affair, the fact the Premiere Boxing Champions' event will appear on pay per view for roughly fifty bucks is raising some eyebrows. Neither fighter has had a major victory in quite some time. What's more, neither has an enormous fan base or a world title to defend. Still, the appeal of two talented big men going toe to toe was enough for the PBC to decide to take the fight down the PPV route. Ruiz shocked the world back in 2019 when he used his fast hands, power, and toughness to defeat heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua in the Englishman's American debut at Madison Square Garden. A rematch around half a year later in Saudi Arabia showed the world a far different Ruiz - fat, outmatched, and seemingly undedicated to his craft. Needless to say, Joshua outboxed his foe in the rematch and easily enabled himself to return to England with his titles back in his possession. As for Arreola, the outspoken vet has always been entertaining. For this is a world class tough guy. He's fought for heavyweight titles numerous times, and - now in his forties - most likely doesn't see why he can't get one more good crack a major belt with a win over Ruiz. And, truth be told, Arreola is the kind of person who is hard to entirely write off due to the fact that he has incredible heart. The man always seems to be one good shot away from a Rocky story. A happy ending against Ruiz likely won't end up being the case, but there's even less of a chance that Arreola will ever bore anyone. So there's good reason for fans to look forward to this fight. We're it on Fox, or even Showtime, there's every reason to believe fans would be eager to tune in. By placing a price tag on the bout, however, the prospect of PBC bringing in a large viewership is a small one. This is a wild time for the heavyweight division, however. With Deontay Wilder no where to be found and Tyson Fury and Joshua still trying to get a two fight deal together, there's no telling how things will look in the near future - aside from the fact that the winner of Ruiz-Arreola will certainly be on people's minds. And that's never a bad thing for a fighter. The post Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola Pay Per View Card Now To Go Down May 1st appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Andy Ruiz-Chris Arreola Pay Per View Card Now To Go Down May 1st

By: Sean Crose

Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz will be facing the popular and longtime heavyweight contender Chris Arreola on May 1'st at Carson, California's Dignity Health Sports Park. The bout was originally set for April. Although this promises to be an intriguing and most likely entertaining affair, the fact the Premiere Boxing Champions' event will appear on pay per view for roughly fifty bucks is raising some eyebrows. Neither fighter has had a major victory in quite some time. What's more, neither has an enormous fan base or a world title to defend. Still, the appeal of two talented big men going toe to toe was enough for the PBC to decide to take the fight down the PPV route.

Ruiz shocked the world back in 2019 when he used his fast hands, power, and toughness to defeat heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua in the Englishman's American debut at Madison Square Garden. A rematch around half a year later in Saudi Arabia showed the world a far different Ruiz - fat, outmatched, and seemingly undedicated to his craft. Needless to say, Joshua outboxed his foe in the rematch and easily enabled himself to return to England with his titles back in his possession.

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As for Arreola, the outspoken vet has always been entertaining. For this is a world class tough guy. He's fought for heavyweight titles numerous times, and - now in his forties - most likely doesn't see why he can't get one more good crack a major belt with a win over Ruiz. And, truth be told, Arreola is the kind of person who is hard to entirely write off due to the fact that he has incredible heart. The man always seems to be one good shot away from a Rocky story. A happy ending against Ruiz likely won't end up being the case, but there's even less of a chance that Arreola will ever bore anyone.

So there's good reason for fans to look forward to this fight. We're it on Fox, or even Showtime, there's every reason to believe fans would be eager to tune in. By placing a price tag on the bout, however, the prospect of PBC bringing in a large viewership is a small one. This is a wild time for the heavyweight division, however. With Deontay Wilder no where to be found and Tyson Fury and Joshua still trying to get a two fight deal together, there's no telling how things will look in the near future - aside from the fact that the winner of Ruiz-Arreola will certainly be on people's minds.

And that's never a bad thing for a fighter.

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Erislandy Lara Moves Up To The Middleweight Division, Takes On Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna On May 1st

Cuban star and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will seek a third world title in a second weight class when he faces veteran contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna for the WBA Middleweight Title in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes Saturday, May 1 as part of a stacked night of boxing from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The broadcast begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and precedes the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View event headlined by former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. battling all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, which tops a stellar boxing extravaganza all taking place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The FOX PBC Fight Night co-main event will see top featherweight contender Eduardo Ramírez take on hard-hitting Isaac Avelar in a 12-round fight for the vacant interim WBA Featherweight Title. The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com for the event that includes an action-packed lineup of FOX PBC Fight Night and FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View fights. Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially distanced and subject to local and state health guidelines throughout the event. “Erislandy Lara has had a long reign as an elite 154-pounder and now has his sights set on a new challenge in the star-studded middleweight division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “He will bring his renowned skills and style to this tough matchup against the young and rangy Thomas LaManna. With fast-rising Mexican contender Eduardo Ramírez squaring off against the young exciting Mexican brawler Isaac Avelar in the co-main event, this primetime lineup is an ideal way to load up an already stacked night of boxing at Dignity Health Sports Park, leading up to the return of Andy Ruiz Jr. against Chris Arreola live on pay-per-view.” Lara (27-3-3, 15 KOs) was the longest reigning 154-pound world champion before he lost a tough split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title unification match in 2018 that was the unanimous “Fight of the Year”. Lara returned from that fight and battled current 154-pound world titleholder Brian Castano to an exciting draw in another narrow fight that could have gone Lara’s way. Lara has since scored back-to-back triumphs with a knockout of Ramon Alvarez in 2019 to capture his current title, and a decision over Greg Vendetti in August 2020. Lara has faced a slew of the top 154-pounders in the sport, including Canelo Alvarez, ahead of his middleweight debut. “I’m excited to be making my 2021 debut on a huge platform live on FOX,” said Lara, who was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and now trains in Las Vegas. “Thomas LaManna is a tall middleweight with a lot of experience and I’m taking this fight very seriously, like always. I arrived weeks ago for training camp and Ismael Salas immediately got me working on the fundamentals of boxing. At this stage in my career, I’m all-action, fighting on the inside, and letting my hands fly. I’m going to make a statement in this fight with a knockout.” The Belleville, New Jersey-native LaManna (30-4-1, 12 KOs) was riding an eight-fight unbeaten streak, which included seven wins plus a draw against Gabriel Bracero, before losing to Jorge Cota in January 2020. He won back-to-back middleweight fights in January and October entering this showdown, knocking out Jorge Pimentel and Juan de Jesus Gonzalez. Prior to his two most recent knockouts, LaManna dropped a narrow decision to Brian Mendoza in August 2020. “It’s been a long time coming and now I’m finally getting my chance to accomplish my ultimate dream of becoming a champion,” said the 29-year-old LaManna. “This is the land of opportunity and I’m getting mine on May 1. I’ve put my heart, blood and soul into this game. I’m the definition of the ‘American dream’. People can write me off if they want, because at the end of the day, there’s no doubt that I’m coming to win. This is my time.” The post Erislandy Lara Moves Up To The Middleweight Division, Takes On Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna On May 1st appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Erislandy Lara Moves Up To The Middleweight Division, Takes On Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna On May 1st

Cuban star and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will seek a third world title in a second weight class when he faces veteran contender Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna for the WBA Middleweight Title in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes Saturday, May 1 as part of a stacked night of boxing from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The broadcast begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT and precedes the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View event headlined by former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. battling all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, which tops a stellar boxing extravaganza all taking place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The FOX PBC Fight Night co-main event will see top featherweight contender Eduardo Ramírez take on hard-hitting Isaac Avelar in a 12-round fight for the vacant interim WBA Featherweight Title.

The event is promoted by TGB Promotions. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at AXS.com for the event that includes an action-packed lineup of FOX PBC Fight Night and FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View fights. Dignity Health Sports Park will be open to fans in a limited capacity, with all guests remaining socially distanced and subject to local and state health guidelines throughout the event.

“Erislandy Lara has had a long reign as an elite 154-pounder and now has his sights set on a new challenge in the star-studded middleweight division,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “He will bring his renowned skills and style to this tough matchup against the young and rangy Thomas LaManna. With fast-rising Mexican contender Eduardo Ramírez squaring off against the young exciting Mexican brawler Isaac Avelar in the co-main event, this primetime lineup is an ideal way to load up an already stacked night of boxing at Dignity Health Sports Park, leading up to the return of Andy Ruiz Jr. against Chris Arreola live on pay-per-view.”

Lara (27-3-3, 15 KOs) was the longest reigning 154-pound world champion before he lost a tough split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title unification match in 2018 that was the unanimous “Fight of the Year”. Lara returned from that fight and battled current 154-pound world titleholder Brian Castano to an exciting draw in another narrow fight that could have gone Lara’s way. Lara has since scored back-to-back triumphs with a knockout of Ramon Alvarez in 2019 to capture his current title, and a decision over Greg Vendetti in August 2020. Lara has faced a slew of the top 154-pounders in the sport, including Canelo Alvarez, ahead of his middleweight debut.

“I’m excited to be making my 2021 debut on a huge platform live on FOX,” said Lara, who was born in Guantanamo, Cuba and now trains in Las Vegas. “Thomas LaManna is a tall middleweight with a lot of experience and I’m taking this fight very seriously, like always. I arrived weeks ago for training camp and Ismael Salas immediately got me working on the fundamentals of boxing. At this stage in my career, I’m all-action, fighting on the inside, and letting my hands fly. I’m going to make a statement in this fight with a knockout.”

The Belleville, New Jersey-native LaManna (30-4-1, 12 KOs) was riding an eight-fight unbeaten streak, which included seven wins plus a draw against Gabriel Bracero, before losing to Jorge Cota in January 2020. He won back-to-back middleweight fights in January and October entering this showdown, knocking out Jorge Pimentel and Juan de Jesus Gonzalez. Prior to his two most recent knockouts, LaManna dropped a narrow decision to Brian Mendoza in August 2020.

“It’s been a long time coming and now I’m finally getting my chance to accomplish my ultimate dream of becoming a champion,” said the 29-year-old LaManna. “This is the land of opportunity and I’m getting mine on May 1. I’ve put my heart, blood and soul into this game. I’m the definition of the ‘American dream’. People can write me off if they want, because at the end of the day, there’s no doubt that I’m coming to win. This is my time.”

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