Dillian Whyte has slammed the upcoming fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Chris Arreola, suggesting that the latter has been "shot" for a few years.
Ruiz Jr is set to make his boxing comeback on May 1 in his hometown at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The American has been out of action since his convincing defeat to Anthony Joshua in December 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
This was the rematch of their first fight earlier that year at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz Jr was a late fill-in for Jarrell Miller and he was a big underdog heading into the bout.
But he shocked the world as he blasted Joshua out in the seventh round to become the new world champion.
'The Destroyer' was way off of his best in the rematch, though. He looked overweight and unmotivated as AJ strolled to victory to reclaim his belts.
The 31-year-old has recently started to work with 'Canelo' Alvarez's highly-respected trainer, Eddy Reynoso. He is looking in much better shape as he gears up for his return next month.
Ruiz Jr will face Arreola on pay-per-view, who lost via unanimous decision against Adam Kownacki in his last fight in August 2019.
The 40-year-old has six losses on his record which have come against the likes of Deontay Wilder, Bermane Stiverne and Vitali Klitschko.
Whyte has told Sky Sports that Arreola will make Ruiz Jr look good, but it is a poor fight:
"It's a fight that's going to make (Ruiz) look good. Make him look like, 'Oh yeah, he's this and he's that,' but on paper it's not. If you run it on paper, it's not, because Chris Arreola is shot.
"Arreola has been shot for a few years. If he was fighting Arreola a few years ago, people would be like, 'No, that's a garbage fight.' Now it's the same, if not worse."
Ruiz Jr vs Arreola on PPV, really?!?
The decision to put this clash on PPV is a bold one to say the very least.
This will just be a tune-up fight for Ruiz Jr as he gets back into the swing of fighting on a regular basis.
Arreola is the perfect opponent for him, as given his age and inactivity, he should not cause the former world champion many problems.
The most intriguing thing about this fight is getting to see Ruiz Jr back in the ring after such a long absence.
Going off of his training footage and pictures that have emerged on social media, he arguably looks in the best shape of his career.
He lost himself in the lead up to the Joshua rematch. But it is great that he appears to have regained that hunger to fight while working with the likes of Canelo and Ryan Garcia under Reynoso.
There are some intriguing fights for Ruiz Jr to have in the future if he proves that he can still cut it at the peak of heavyweight boxing.
A bout with Whyte is right at the top of many people's wish list and we may even get that before the end of 2021...