Former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) is due to finally face Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) on April 24. The event will take place in the USA. Previously, the boxers' fight was scheduled for the end of 2020.
Saturday's fight with Jerry Forrest turned out to be not the best for the unbeaten Chinese heavyweight champion Zhilei Zhang (22-0-1, 17 KOs). Zhang was able to draw this fight with great difficulty, having lost a lot of health in the ring. The manager of 37-year-old two-meter Chinese, Terry Lane, says that despite the fact that his fighter did not achieve victory, there will be no step back in his career.
Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) earned $2.5 million in Saturday's fight against Saul Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) for the super middleweight WBA, WBC and The Ring belts. For the 29-year-old Turk, who competed in the World Boxing Super Series, this was the largest purse in his professional career.
WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) easily defeated WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) in the main event of the evening at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Canelo dominated every moment of every round. In the third round, he dropped Yildirim with a powerful right hand, and tried to finish Yildirim up to the bell. Yildirim did not come out of the corner after the break.
On the undercard of Canelo vs Yildirim, the fight of two heavyweights Zhang Zhilei (22-0-1, 17 KOs) and Jerry Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs) was assessed by the judges as a draw. The scores were 95-93 in favor of Forrest and twice 93-93.
In the main event of the evening in Oakland, New Zealand, former world champion Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) defeated by unanimous decision previously undefeated Junior Fa (19-1, 10 KOs). The scores were 119-109, 115-113, 117-111. It should be noted that the fight was very competitive and what is happening in the ring, rather, reflects the score 115-113, but not 119-109.
On April 24 or May 1, a fight could take place between former European heavyweight champion Derek Chisora (32-10, 23 KOs) and former world champion Joseph Parker (27-2, 21 KOs). A preliminary agreement on this battle has already been reached, but first the New Zealander must defeat Junior Fa (19-0 19 KOs) on Saturday and not get seriously injured.
Manuel Charr (31-4, 17 KOs), who passed his WBA heavyweight belt to Trevor Bryan (20-0, 14 KOs) due to behind-the-scenes intrigue in January, promises to quickly reclaim his lost trophy and then set himself even higher goals.