LOS ANGELES — It took Andy Ruiz Jr. three knockdowns to debunk Deontay Wilder’s prediction of Luis Ortiz defeating Ruiz by “devastating trend.”
Ruiz was unable to get his personal devastating end, however he did sufficient to defeat Ortiz by unanimous determination with scores of 113-112, 114-111 and 114-111 in Sunday evening’s heavyweight important occasion at Crypto.com Enviornment.
With Wilder watching ringside, Ruiz used his highly effective proper hooks to manage the bout and presumably earn a showdown with Wilder, a matchup that will characteristic former heavyweight champions.
“Everybody was doubting me, however I labored so exhausting for this battle,” Ruiz stated. “Ortiz is a warrior who hits exhausting. I did an attractive job boxing him round. I confirmed extra class than I often do exactly coming ahead.”
Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) dropped Ortiz (33-3, 28 KOs) twice within the second spherical and as soon as extra within the seventh spherical. He additionally surprised Ortiz with a straight proper hand within the eleventh spherical and the 2 foes had the spectators in attendance on their toes after an entertaining twelfth spherical. Wilder entered the ring after Ruiz’s victory and stated he’s keen to battle him if he’s in a position to defeat Robert Helenius on Oct. 15.
“If Deontay Wins in October, me and him are with the identical administration and we will make this battle occur,” Ruiz stated. “Let’s do it. Let’s get it on.”
Wilder added: “Deontay Wilder is again and I’m at all times in search of nice thrilling fights for the followers. If Andy Ruiz Jr. is what’s subsequent, then I’m able to get it on.”
Ruiz has had two 16-month layoffs since dropping his heavyweight belts to Anthony Joshua in 2019. After returning to the heavyweight title image, Ruiz needs to remain an energetic fighter.
“I wish to battle at the very least three or 4 instances a 12 months,” Ruiz stated. “I’m hungry and I wish to be champion once more and produce that belt again to Mexico.”
Abner Mares didn’t waste time doing what he is aware of finest by brawling in opposition to Miguel Flores throughout a 10-round light-weight bout on the Ruiz-Ortiz pay-per-view undercard.
The comeback battle began as a slugfest earlier than turning right into a sluggish efficiency for Mares, who settled for a majority draw, with one choose awarding him a scorecard of 96-94 and the opposite two being 95-95.
Mares ended a four-year layoff together with his prior battle coming in opposition to Leo Santa Cruz, who was ringside to look at the back-and-forth slugfest. Mares spent the previous few years working as a boxing analyst for Showtime and it appeared that method for the ultimate 5 rounds, as his punch quantity quickly declined versus Flores. However for at the very least the primary three rounds, the previous three-division champion turned again the clock to entertain the followers on the downtown L.A. venue.
“Clearly it had been over 4 years, so I used to be a little bit off with my timing and a little bit sluggish,” Mares stated. “However I felt good and I assumed I used to be touchdown the extra highly effective photographs.
Mares was pressured to cease preventing after sustaining indifferent retinas, however he couldn’t resist the urge of delivering at the very least another thrilling bout for Southern California boxing followers. Mares, who was raised in Hawaiian Gardens and born in Guadalajara, Mexico, vowed to retire a second time if he had a poor efficiency, however boxers have a troublesome time figuring out when it’s time to go away the ring for good.
“After 4 years away, I did sufficient to beat a younger child and an energetic fighter,” Mares stated. “My efficiency speaks for itself. The gang was completely satisfied and it felt good to be dwelling.”
Boxing might need discovered its newest Mexican star within the co-main occasion after Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz delivered a nasty left hook to Eduardo Ramirez within the second spherical of their light-weight bout.
Cruz dropped Ramirez twice earlier than the referee stopped the battle on the 2:27 mark, as battle followers roared and waved a number of Mexican flags all through the world. “We Need Tank” chants broke out quickly after, drawing a smile from Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who was ringside to scout his doable subsequent opponent.
Davis defeated Cruz by unanimous determination in December, nevertheless it was arguably the hardest battle of his profession and may warrant a rematch.
“We would like the rematch with Gervonta Davis,” Cruz stated. “That’s what these followers need. I promised the knockout tonight and we obtained it executed.”