Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. knocks down Luis Ortiz for unanimous-decision victory


Andy Ruiz Jr. floored Luis Ortiz 3 times en path to a unanimous-decision victory Sunday at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

The scores: 114-111, 113-112 and 114-111.

With the win, Ruiz is in line for a shot on the WBC title held by Tyson Fury, who’s in talks to struggle Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship. Deontay Wilder, who was ringside Sunday and returns subsequent month, is one other chance for a Ruiz matchup subsequent 12 months.

“If Deontay wins in October, me and him are with the same management and we can make this fight happen,” stated Ruiz, ESPN’s No. 5 heavyweight. “Let’s get it on. I’m hungry and I want to be champion again and bring that belt back to Mexico.”

Ruiz (32-2, 22 KOs) scored two knockdowns in Round 2 and confirmed off his damaging energy all through the 12-round contest. The first knockdown was the product of a blistering proper hand that related on Ortiz’s temple, an equilibrium shot that appeared to influence Ortiz’s stability for the rest of the struggle.

The second knockdown seemed to be a doubtful name, with seemingly no clear punch landed.

Ortiz (33-3, 28 KOs) boxed successfully from the surface, using his southpaw jab to manage distance. However, each time Ortiz stood and traded, Ruiz normally gained the exchanges. The 32-year-old persistently beat Ortiz to the punch, photographs that affected the 43-year-old repeatedly.

The Cuban was on wobbly legs in Round 2 however punched his manner out of bother and punctuated the spherical with a counter proper hand that shocked Ruiz. Ortiz, who weighed 245.5 kilos, additionally rocked Ruiz towards the top of the opening spherical with a proper hand. If it weren’t for the knockdowns, Ortiz would have pulled out a draw on the scorecards.

“It was a difficult fight,” stated Ruiz, who weighed 268¾ kilos. “I was waiting for him to load up and countering him when he did. … Ortiz is a warrior who hits hard. I did a beautiful job boxing him around. I showed more class than I usually do just coming forward.”

Ortiz outboxed Ruiz in Rounds 4 and 5, however the Southern Californian discovered the goal once more in Round 7 for one other knockdown, the results of one other compact proper hand.

By the top of the penultimate spherical, Ortiz’s left eye was badly broken, swelling exacerbated by a brutal straight proper hand that related within the waning moments of Round 11.

The underdog pushed for the KO in Round 12 and landed just a few telling photographs, however by no means significantly threatened Ruiz along with his energy.

The defeat is Ortiz’s second in 4 fights, the opposite a highlight-reel KO by the hands of Wilder in a 2019 rematch for the WBC title. Ortiz was additionally stopped by Wilder of their 2018 assembly. He entered the struggle rated No. 8 at heavyweight by ESPN.

“Everybody that said ‘King Kong’ is old, well, I gave you a war today,” stated Oritz, who survived two knockdowns en path to a TKO-6 victory in opposition to Charles Martin on New Year’s Day. “I want a rematch. I was keeping my hands up so my vision wasn’t a problem. Do you think I’m done? You saw a warrior tonight.”

Ruiz, in the meantime, is in place for one other crack at a heavyweight title. He turned the primary heavyweight champion of Mexican descent when he TKOd Anthony Joshua in June 2019, one of many largest upsets in division historical past.

Ruiz was obese when he confronted Joshua within the rematch six months later and dropped his three titles by way of determination.

He’s fought simply twice since that December 2019 evening in Saudi Arabia: a call win over Chris Arreola final May, and now a victory over Ortiz.

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