Andy Ruiz Comes Off Canvas to Decision Arreola, Wins WBA Heavyweight Eliminator – Video Highlights

Andy Ruiz Comes Off Canvas to Resolution Arreola, Wins WBA Heavyweight Eliminator

By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent

Carson, CA (Could 2nd, 2021)– A revitalized Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr., trying trim, match and touchdown jabs solidly and sharply, got here off the canvas within the second spherical to choice former world title challenger Chris Arreola within the all-Mexican descent 12 spherical most important occasion of a ten bout boxing card at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California, on Saturday night, Could 1, 2021.

Although no belt was at stake, the heavyweight bout served as World Boxing Affiliation world heavyweight title eliminator.

Ruiz, 34-2 with 22 knockouts, Imperial, California, returned to the ring for the primary time since shedding the undisputed world heavyweight title to Anthony Joshua in December 2019. Ruiz appeared to win 10 of the 12 rounds, principally as a result of reality he threw extra and landed correct energy photographs at shut vary. At age 31, Ruiz nonetheless had a big problem from Arreola, 38-7-1 with 33 knockouts, Escondido, California.

Regardless of being 40 years outdated, and inactive for 21 months, Arreola weighed much less, was taller, had superior attain, and will have made a battle of it in defeat just by taking the combat to Ruiz as he did towards Adam Kownacki in December 2019 when he threw 1,125 punches. As an alternative, Arreola fought the bout as an arms up defensive counter puncher, with good head motion. Nothing Ruiz threw severely phased Arreola, who got here excessive with a proper to the pinnacle and dropped Ruiz for a flash knockdown within the second spherical.

Arreola raised his fingers in celebration prematurely. Regardless of the urging of nook man and coach Joe Goossen, Arreola was ineffective for the a lot of the subsequent ten rounds. Arreola waited and waited for alternatives for the correct hand once more, which by no means arrived as was principally outpunched and outgunned. After the primary six rounds, Arreola, was nonetheless in peak situation, ought to have ascertained Ruiz was not going to tire out, and easily let his fingers go. He had the expertise and the potential for wild punch rely quantity. Arreola didn’t take any probabilities, making his knockdown of, and defeat thereafter by Ruiz much less vital than his loss to Kownacki. Ruiz was Arreola’s final hurrah. Ruiz now has a shot at Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, or one other rematch with Anthony Joshua. Arreola is greatest to retire quickly to keep away from journeyman standing on the fade. It was an awesome try by Arreola, however to win he would have needed to knock out Ruiz. The primary two rounds have been electrical, however Arreola’s enthusiasm was quick lived at age 40.  Arreola ought to retire even when future bouts are supplied. After this loss, Arreola just isn’t going to obtain one other shot on the world title.

Consequence: Andy Ruiz Win 12 Chris Arreola, Heavyweights

World Boxing Affiliation World Heavyweight Title Elimination Bout

Scoring: 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 Ruiz. Impartial and honest. Referee: Jack Reiss

Arreola dropped Ruiz with a proper to move for a quick knockdown in spherical two.

Ruiz had a head butt to mouth of Arreola, dominated unintended by referee. No harm.

Actual Fight Media scored the bout 117-110 for Ruiz. Clear bout. Not a lot holding.


Undercard Outcomes


Erislandy Lara KO 1 Thomas LaManna, Middleweights (1:20)

Cuban Lara wins vacant World Boxing Affiliation World Middleweight title at age 38.

LaManna stood in entrance of Lara providing defensive holes, received timed, and was put out on his again. Referee Thomas Taylor suspends rely with LaManna down. California guidelines: KO


Abel Ramos Win Referee’s Technical Resolution 6 Omar Figueroa Jr., Welterweights (3:00)

Figueroa’s bobbing and turning model didn’t work, as correct jabbing Ramos turned the left eye of Figueroa right into a grapefruit. At finish of spherical six, Figueroa sat on his nook stool, sunk his head the ground in defeat, and refused to proceed. Referee Jerry Cantu stopped it.


Eduardo Ramirez KO 3 Isaac Avelar, Featherweights (1:16)

Ramirez wins World Boxing Affiliation Interim World Featherweight title

Mexican southpaw “Zurdito” Ramirez wins first world title at age 28. Avelar down in spherical three. Avelar was stopped standing by referee Gerard White. California guidelines: KO


Sebastian Fundora KO 4 Jorge Cota, Tremendous Welterweights

6’6″ West Palm Seaside tremendous welterweight Fundora, now defeated in 17 bouts, is called “The Towering Inferno. Regardless of having a bloody left eye, Cota was stopped after throwing a punch, making it a considerably questionable stoppage by referee Ray Corona. Cota was nonetheless recreation to proceed. Nonetheless, the taller Fundora, a modern-day decrease weight class Latino model of Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, was giving the shorter Cota a loopy beating in spherical 4, and regarded like a tiger stopping a staggering, bloody and helpless cockroach.


Jesus Alejandro Ramos Win 10 Javier Molina, Tremendous Welterweights

Arizona southpaw Ramos wins sixteenth consecutive bout. Molina was deducted some extent in spherical seven for hitting behind the pinnacle. Actual Fight Media scored it 100-89 for Ramos.


Adrian Granados Majority Draw 8 Jose Luis Sanchez, Tremendous Welterweights

32 bout California vet Adrian Granados wages battle with New Mexico fighter Jose Luis “Guerro” Sanchez. And an undercard battle it was! Scoring: Edward Hernandez 76-76 Draw. Ron Stevens 76-76 Draw. Carla Caiz 77-75 Granados. Referee: Sharon Sands.


Carlos Negron Win 8 Scott Alexander, heavyweights

23-3 Puerto Rican heavyweight Negron, who owns a primary spherical knockout win over 19-0-1 Cuban heavyweight Roberto Alfonzo, wins third consecutive comeback bout. Stable win.

Scoring:  79-73, 78-74, 77-75 for Negron. Referee: Gerard White


Fernando Angel Molina Win 6 Prisco Marquez, Lightweights

Guadalajara, Mexico light-weight prospect Fernando Angel Molina now 6-0.  The 4-3-1 Texas opponent Prisco Marquez misplaced some extent in spherical 5 for hitting behind the pinnacle.

Scoring: 60-53, 60-53, 60-53 Molina. Referee: Ray Corona


Anthony Garnica Win 4 Jesse Bazzi, Featherweights

Oakland, California featherweight prospect Garnica now 6-0. Opening bout on card. 1-2 opponent Bazzi was knocked down within the first spherical, and received as much as survive the encounter.

Scoring: 40-35, 40-35, 40-35 Garnica. Referee: Sharon Sands



Abel Ramos, Sebastian Fundora & Jesus Ramos Jr. Victorious In Pay-Per-View Undercard Motion


Erislandy Lara & Eduardo Ramirez Rating Knockout Victories in

FOX PBC Combat Night time Bouts

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CARSON, CALIF. (Could 1, 2021) – Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. bounced again from an early knockdown to defeat all-action heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola by unanimous choice in the principle occasion of a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View occasion Saturday evening from Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.

“Chris is a veteran and a tough puncher,” mentioned Ruiz. “We did what we needed to do tonight. We received the victory that we wished. I used to be at my lowest level and now I’ve to climb the ladder once more. I’m grateful for the victory and I’m prepared to maneuver on to the following.”

The battle between boxing’s two best Mexican-American heavyweights in Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) and Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) started with fireworks, because the underdog Arreola landed a robust overhand proper that pressured Ruiz to the touch the canvas and earned Arreola an early knockdown on the playing cards. Ruiz was capable of recuperate and survive the second spherical, taking the knockdown as a wake-up name and prompting him to provoke quite a few massive exchanges within the third spherical.

“He received me with a great clear proper hand within the second spherical,” mentioned Ruiz. “I used to be too overconfident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him. We simply stored pushing and pushing. I switched up and began specializing in counterpunching and dealing the physique.”

Each males tasted energy punches in a raucous third spherical that noticed Arreola land 14 energy punches to Ruiz’s 13, based on CompuBox. Ruiz adjusted because the combat went on, and located success scoring with physique photographs and mixtures punctuated by a punishing sweeping left hook.

Ruiz owned a 106 to 75 benefit in energy punches landed and constructed up his lead on the playing cards by touchdown 161 of his 626 punches thrown, to Arreola’s 109 landed and 521 thrown. Arreola appeared to harm his left arm in spherical eight, however was capable of handle any ache sufficient to proceed throwing bombs till the ultimate bell.

Ruiz punctuated his efficiency with a powerful last spherical, clinching his victory within the WBA Heavyweight Title Eliminator by the scores of 117-110 and 118-109 twice within the eyes of the judges.

“I respect the judges, however I suppose magnificence is within the eye of the beholder,” mentioned Arreola. “He may need gained, however don’t inform me I solely gained two or three rounds. I received hit within the shoulder and it sort of threw it off. It wasn’t an enormous deal although. It’s part of boxing. I didn’t take an excessive amount of punishment. I’m able to run it again with Andy.”

“I felt a bit of rust and I do know different fighters can relate to that,” mentioned Ruiz. “If he needs to run it again, we’ll run it again with him.”

Within the co-main occasion welterweight contender Abel Ramos (27-4-2, 21 KOs) delivered a formidable efficiency in stopping former champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (28-2-1, 19 KOs) after six-rounds of their WBA Welterweight Title Eliminator.

Figueroa got here out displaying off a herky-jerky model and had success within the first spherical, out touchdown Ramos barely with 12 energy punches to Ramos’ 11.

“Omar is a really difficult fighter,” mentioned Ramos. “He has an ungainly protection and it was arduous to catch him clear at first, however the combat general went as deliberate.”

Because the combat hit spherical three, Ramos appeared to determine the timing of his opponent and started unloading a deadly proper hand that he would ultimately journey to victory.

That third spherical noticed a big bruise start to develop below Figueroa’s left eye on account of that Ramos proper hand. Ramos stored up his momentum throughout rounds 4 and 5, whereas Figueroa got here out aggressive in spherical six, winging massive energy photographs seeking to flip the tide again in his favor.

Nonetheless, Ramos caught to his plan and pounded Figueroa with proper fingers to the pinnacle and physique. Within the last moments of the spherical, Ramos landed a sequence of proper fingers to the physique that put Figueroa in clear ache heading again to his nook.

“We skilled arduous for this combat and I felt good heading into the ring,” mentioned Figueroa. “I’m disillusioned I got here up quick. My physique simply wouldn’t reply like I wished it to.”

“We skilled to assault the physique,” mentioned Ramos. “Our plan from the start was to stress him. We wished to attain factors to the physique. I may hear him groaning and I knew as soon as I harm him unhealthy, that the combat was over.”

In between the sixth and seventh rounds, referee Jerry Cantu waived off the bout, on the suggestion of Figueroa’s nook. Ramos was the busier and extra correct fighter, out touchdown Figueroa 150 to 74, with a 34% to 24% edge in accuracy.

“I skilled so arduous for this combat,” mentioned Ramos. “I knew my profession was on the road. I knew I wanted a win and I knew Omar would convey a great combat. I’m glad to be again on the profitable facet and I’m able to tackle the very best of the division.”

Pay-per-view motion additionally noticed sensational unbeaten tremendous welterweight Sebastian “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (17-0-1, 12 KOs) win a close-quarters battle by way of fourth-round stoppage over Jorge “El Demonio” Cota (30-5, 27 KOs) of their WBC Tremendous Welterweight Title Eliminator.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to combat in entrance of the followers tonight,” mentioned Fundora. “It was enjoyable to listen to the cheers, the boos and the whole lot. I’m honored to be on this place.”

Fundora and Cota stood toe-to-toe from the opening bell, throwing massive punches and marking up one another early. Fundora landed 29 and 28 energy punches within the first two rounds, with Cota connecting on 15 and 17.

“It was a great buying and selling combat,” mentioned Fundora. “We have been hitting one another, however my punches have been doing extra harm and that’s why the referee ultimately stepped in. I believe he may have been stopped earlier within the spherical. I simply stored combating till the tip.”

The combat was fought at shut vary for 90% of the motion, with every fighter displaying off spectacular in-fighting abilities. Fundora was capable of up his work charge considerably within the third and fourth rounds, touchdown 42 punches in every, each single one an influence shot.

The fourth spherical noticed Fundora break by with an enormous shot that appeared to lastly daze Cota. Fundora pushed ahead aggressively to look to ship Cota down, whereas Cota was nonetheless capable of wing his personal energy photographs regardless of his impaired state.

“I noticed his leg wobble within the first spherical, however he took it and stored coming,” mentioned Fundora. “The second time I noticed it, I knew I needed to go for the kill.”

A last highly effective left hook that Fundora landed lastly prompted referee Ray Corona to cease the bout at 2:35 of the fourth spherical. Cota disagreed with the stoppage, whereas Fundora set his sights on future massive fights within the 154-pound division.

“It was a nasty stoppage,” mentioned Cota. “I felt like they stopped the combat early contemplating I had simply landed an enormous punch. Too quick, too quickly. The followers expressed their emotions. They have been clearly upset by how the combat ended. That’s why I raised my fingers. There’s a lot extra of Cota to come back sooner or later.”

“My message to the remainder of the division is that we’re right here,” mentioned Fundora. “When you’re prepared for battle, we’re able to take it. Convey it on.”

Within the pay-per-view opener, rising star Jesus Ramos Jr. (16-0, 14 KOs) gained a unanimous choice over Mexican Olympian Javier Molina (22-4, 9 KOs) after 10 rounds of welterweight motion.

“It was my second time going the gap and that’s what we wished,” mentioned Ramos. “We love knockouts, however we’re glad at this level in my profession that I received the expertise. I thank Molina for taking the combat, he’s an awesome fighter.”

Dealing with his hardest competitors so far, the 20-year-old Ramos imposed his physicality from the outset, peppering Molina with jabs and following up with arduous left fingers. Ramos combined in photographs to the physique because the combat went on, holding a 68 to 11 benefit in physique photographs landed.

“I may need been in search of a knockout an excessive amount of within the early rounds,” mentioned Ramos. “I received used to it and I settled down and I felt like I used to be breaking him down little by little. He was attempting to outlive a bit of bit, so it made it tougher to get the knockout.

“My father advised me to ask him to come back to me. We have been pressuring him to begin. My dad had me change it up. He got here in a bit of bit, however then he backed off. That’s how I attempted to counteract his motion.”

Molina discovered some success with counter hooks, though he was unable to noticeably harm his opponent. Referee Gerard White deemed a few of Molina’s photographs have been hitting Ramos at the back of the pinnacle, and deducted some extent late within the seventh spherical.

“I used to be unhappy as a result of I misplaced, however this was a great combat towards an aggressive opponent,” mentioned Molina. “I couldn’t let him stress me. The burden was an element for me. I positively felt the dimensions distinction”

Ramos held the general edge within the punch stats and was the busier fighter all through, out touchdown Molina 135 to 77. After 10 rounds, all three judges noticed the combat in favor of Ramos, by scores of 97-92 and 99-90 twice.

“I realized loads immediately,” mentioned Ramos. “I’m going to maintain constructing on that. I really feel like I’ve a variety of momentum. It was an enormous step up for me and I really feel like I confirmed loads. I confirmed I’ve good conditioning and good motion together with my energy.”

Previous the pay-per-view, the FOX PBC Combat Night time most important occasion noticed Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (28-3-3, 16 KOs) ship a one-punch knockout victory over Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (30-5-1, 12 KOs) within the first spherical to seize the WBA Middleweight Title.

“He mentioned on the press convention that he was going to knock me out, however he ran proper into that punch,” mentioned Lara. “Perhaps he was overthinking all of it alongside.”

Cuba’s Lara grew to become a three-time, two-division champion in his middleweight debut, after an prolonged run as one of many 154-pound division’s elite fighters. Lara discovered a house for his left hand early within the first spherical, and ultimately timed an ideal one which caught LaManna and despatched him to the mat. Referee Thomas Taylor instantly jumped in to halt the bout at 1:20 into the spherical.

After the triumph, Lara expressed his need to hunt out the largest fights at 154 and 160-pounds.

“I felt robust and sharp tonight at middleweight, however I nonetheless need the entire massive fights at 154-pounds too,” mentioned Lara. “I would like the winner of the Jermell Charlo-Brian Castaño unification combat. (WBC Middleweight Champion) Jermall Charlo is like household, we labored in the identical gymnasium for years, however this can be a sport and I’d welcome the problem.

“I really feel nice bodily. I’m going to maintain doing this till my physique tells me I can’t do it anymore. I don’t really feel like I’ve taken a variety of punishment in my profession and I do know I’ve no less than one other three years of my prime left.”

Within the co-main occasion on FOX, prime Mexican featherweight contender Eduardo Ramirez (25-2-3, 12 KOs) scored his third-straight knockout victory with a formidable third-round stoppage of Isaac Avelar (17-3, 10 KOs) to seize the Interim WBA Featherweight Title.

“You need to have a stone-cold mindset, and that’s what we needed to end Avelar off,” mentioned Ramirez. “We have been capable of join the correct mixtures to complete the combat off precisely how we wished.”

The combat heated up in spherical two, with each fighters touchdown over 20 punches and throwing no less than 80. Ramirez broke by within the third with a sweeping proper hook that put Avelar down early within the body. Avelar was capable of get to his ft, however once more ran right into a Ramirez proper hook that left him staggered and seemingly out on his ft, prompting referee Gerard White to waive off the combat 1:16 into the spherical.

“I’m past joyful proper now,” mentioned Ramirez. “I’m simply elated and moved by having been capable of fulfill the promise I made to my child boy Eduardo Ramirez Jr. He simply turned two years outdated and I wasn’t capable of be there to present him a hug for his birthday, however I had promised him that I’d convey the title again house to him as a present, and that’s precisely what I’m doing now.

“This was an ideal coronation. To be trustworthy, I’d now prefer to have the possibility to combat towards Leo Santa Cruz. I beforehand fought towards Miguel Flores, who barely lasted 4 or 5 rounds towards me, however Leo couldn’t knock him out. This convincing knockout must be my ticket to have that chance”.





Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert Brizel – Head Boxing Correspondent

Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Actual Fight Media Boxing since 2013. Robert can be a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State area which incorporates NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts unique interviews, gives historic boxing articles and gives editorial ringside protection of main boxing occasions. You possibly can contact or comply with Robert on Fb and by electronic mail at [email protected].

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