Andy Ruiz beats Luis Ortiz by determination in heavyweight showdown

Andy Ruiz knocked down Luis Ortiz thrice on the way in which to a victory by unanimous determination Sunday evening, taking a key step towards an opportunity to develop into a heavyweight world champion once more.

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares additionally fought to a majority draw with Miguel Flores in Mares’ return from a four-year ring absence on the pay-per-view undercard. Light-weight Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz then stopped Eduardo Ramirez within the second spherical with two vicious knockdowns. 

In the primary occasion, Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) had the entire large moments whereas grinding out a choice over Ortiz (33-3), a two-time world title challenger. The Southern California native knocked down the 43-year-old Ortiz twice within the second spherical and once more within the seventh, however his Cuban opponent punched extra precisely throughout lengthy stretches of relative inactivity for each fighters.

“I worked so hard for this fight, because I knew he’s a warrior and he hits hard,” Ruiz stated. “I thought I did a beautiful job handling his pressure and also coming forward.”

The judges scored the bout 114-111, 114-111 and 113-112 for Ruiz. The Related Press additionally had Ruiz 114-111, with the knockdowns making the distinction.

Ruiz pulled off one of many greater upsets in latest heavyweight historical past when he took Anthony Joshua’s three championship belts in 2019, solely to lose them again to his British opponent six months later. Ruiz had fought simply as soon as since, however he rededicated himself to coaching with hopes of getting one other shot on the belts.

“I do not want to be waiting,” Ruiz stated. “I want to fight at least three or four times a year. I’m hungry, man. I want to be a champion again.”

After getting into the ring in a blue-and-gold gown and trunks that includes the Tremendous Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams’ colours and helmet horns, Ruiz abruptly floored Ortiz early within the second spherical with a brief proper hand. Ortiz wobbled to his ft and shortly slipped again down whereas attempting to clinch with Ruiz, however he made it to the bell.

Neither fighter threw a lot or risked a lot within the subsequent 4 rounds, and the gang that loudly backed Ruiz grumbled its displeasure. However Ruiz linked once more late within the seventh, staggering Ortiz earlier than sending him to the canvas with a proper to the highest of the top.

“It was very difficult,” Ruiz stated. “The ability that I have for counterpunching instead of waiting for him to load up, that was a blessing.”

Reporting by Related Press.

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