Unanimous victory for Ruiz

Andy Ruiz floored Luis Ortiz three times as he recorded a unanimous decision victory on his return to the ring in Sunday night’s WBC title eliminator in California.

The 32-year-old, fighting for the first time since beating Chris Arreola by unanimous decision in May 2021, dropped his opponent twice in the second round and once in the seventh before seeing out the remainder of the fight to improve his record to 35-2 (22 KOs).

The judges scored the bout 114-111, 114-111 and 113-112 in favour of Ruiz as knockdowns proved decisive, moving the American heavyweight closer towards another world title opportunity.

“I’m ready, man. I’m hungry,” Ruiz told Fox Sports afterwards. “I want to be champion again and bring that belt back to Mexico!”

Ruiz’s first and third knockdowns reminded the heavyweight division of the dangerous power he possesses, while the second was arguably more of a push that capitalised on an Ortiz that was still recovering from the first.

The 43-year-old Cuban had decent spells and boxed tidily, though, as he landed solid jabs that prevented Ruiz was ever dominating the contest.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who has previously stopped Ortiz twice in his career, was in attendance on the night and appeared open to Ruiz’s challenge of an all-American heavyweight clash in the not-so-distant future. – Sky Sports

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