Exclusive Interview: Chris Arreola

By Jeff Zimmerman

Heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola talked to Fightnews.com® about his big fight with fellow Mexican-American and former heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr. Saturday, May 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA and shown live on PBConFOX pay-per-view. He also shared his motivation at age 40, his love for trainer Joe Goossen plus his beloved Dodgers and much more in this exclusive interview.


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  • The Nightmare has a good shot at upsetting Andy if he presses the action…

  • No BS. Chris is in great shape. Good for him.

    I am very confident Andy will win this one in 3 rounds. Andy is intense. Whole other level. Supplement that with be younger + more talented. Way more talented.

  • This is probably Arreola’s last big chance, it’s good to see that he’s taking full advantage of it. I don’t know how successful he’ll be, but he’s definitely putting himself in the best possible position to win.

    • Arreola at one time was on his way to win a world title till Klitschko derailed that opportunity. Arreola is durable, a pressure fighter, and has a good right hand. However, I feel his engine has some mileage on it coming into this fight and Ruiz will take advantage of youth, speed, and effective aggressiveness. Ruiz by TKO late rounds.

  • Don’t sleep on Chris. He may have blemishes on his record but most were because he pushed the action and got caught. With the exception of Klitschko. Trust this won’t be a walk in the park. The shape Chris us in now I can see this be a war in the ring between to dudes that love to fight! Not just box and dance but go toe to toe. Can’t wait! #TeamNightmare

  • Ruiz, Jr. (Ruiz) will win by TKO (4-6 rounds) because he is too fast with strong combination punches, supported by power.

    Boxing is the “Hurt Business,” but I hope Arreola’s corner and/or the referee does not allow Arreola to go too far, so Arreola may get home safely to his family.

  • Always interesting listening to Chris Arreola. He’s so down-to-earth and real, he speaks nothing but truth. He’s very humble and and I agree with his observations about fighters not wanting to pay their dues before they get big money fights. Great interview! Thanks!

  • Respect to Chris, but he is 40 already. He has taken too much punishment as a fighter and has looked more fragile the last couple of years. If Ruiz is fighting fit this is going to be a bad fight for Chris. All the best.

  • wasted talent is so common. Chris’s time is over. Andy will end him quick & easy. doesnt matter how good shape he in. its much more mental than physical at his age.

  • chris your better days are way way behind you, you should retire and call it all good

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