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By Robert Brizel, Head Actual Fight Media Boxing Correspondent

Los Angelez, CA (September fifth, 2022)-– Boxing followers learn it first right here on Actual Fight Media, the place this reporter accurately predicted former World Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. would win a convincing 12 spherical choice over Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz. So it was in a excessive stakes energy shot conflict.

In the principle occasion on an eleven bout card on USA Fox Pay-Per-View at Crypto.Com Enviornment in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, September 4, 2022, Labor Day weekend, Ruiz dropped Ortiz twice in spherical two, and once more in spherical seven with overhand energy rights to the top, and the knockdowns proved the distinction as Ruiz received a unanimous 12 spherical choice in a world heavyweight title eliminator to find out the subsequent problem to World Boxing Council and Lineal World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury of Nice Britain, if he continues to defend his WBC title and accepts the Andy Ruiz Jr. obligatory problem.

Ruiz, 35-3 with 22 knockouts, Imperial, California, punched laborious sufficient to trigger the left eye of Ortiz to be swollen shut by the tip of the struggle. Ruiz was minimize below the left eye by authorized punches in spherical two. At age 43, southpaw Cuban Ortiz, 33-3 with 38 knockouts, Miami, Florida by means of Camaguey, Cuba, met his match in youth, energy and willpower towards Ruiz. Each combatants punched laborious and had their moments, however like Deontay Wilder, Ruiz didn’t have energy to take Ruiz out and obtained overwhelmed to the punch. In contrast to his two bouts with Wilder, Ortiz was in a position to attain the ultimate bell regardless of feeling the facility of Ruiz.

The CompuBox punch stats informed the true story of this shut, action-packed slugfest. Ruiz was extra correct, touchdown 67 of 155 energy pictures and76 of 287 whole punches, whereas Ortiz landed 56 of 204 energy pictures and 78 of 428 whole punches. Ortiz landed a profession excessive 12 punches within the twelfth spherical, which he appeared to win. Ruiz landed the more practical blows total, and was the extra correct of the 2 fighters, in a match which appeared even on paper. With out the three knockdowns or Ortiz, the bout would have resulted in a cut up draw 111-111, 111-111, and 112-110 for Ortiz. Ortiz completely underestimated the facility of Ruiz in his prime, who dropped Anthony Joshua 3 times en path to profitable the World Heavyweight title as a final minute substitute in June 2019 at Madison Sq. Backyard.

Ruiz knocked down Ortiz for a rely of 9 in spherical two. The second knockdown of Ortiz in spherical two gave the impression to be extra of a push. With out the push, the bout would have been accurately scored 113-111 and 113-111 for Ruiz, and 112-112 a draw, resulted within the 12 spherical majority choice for Ruiz this reporter predicted within the Actual Fight Media preview. In a excessive stakes WBC eliminator heavyweight reminiscent of this, Ortiz shedding 10-7 and 10-8 rounds whereas in any other case outboxing Ruiz total proved the essential distinction. Chris Arreola dropped Ruiz within the second spherical of their Could 2021 12 spherical battle in Carson, California, received by Ruiz. Arreola didn’t go down. Ortiz did go down 3 times, ensuing from his finishing underestimating the facility of Ruiz.

Age was not an element. Boxing ability was. Ruiz landed 9 of 132 jabs, whereas Ortiz landed 22 of 224 jabs. Ruiz landed 13 physique pictures, Ortiz landed 11 physique pictures. Jab work and physique work on this bout was fully negligent, and in an influence shot conflict, Andy was a dandy and he did rating. Like Deontay Wilder, Ruiz is fortunate to have this sort of overwhelming Rocky Marciano type energy to name upon as a useful resource within the clutch. Like Joe Louis underestimating the late ‘Two Ton’ Tony Galento’s energy, Ortiz did the identical. For Ruiz, 268 kilos matched the identical weight he was at when he beat Anthony Joshua, whereas Ortiz weighed in at a profession excessive 245 kilos. When push got here to shove, the win went to the fighter who needed this bout a bit bit extra, and Ruiz needed it a bit bit extra. No quarrel from good sport Ortiz after this bout, as Ruiz received this bout truthful and sq.. Scoring appeared impartial and truthful. True, Ortiz threw extra punches and was the busier fighter. Nevertheless, the three knockdowns scored by Ruiz made an impression on the judges, a key benefit.

General, this bout in end result, regarding the highest ten within the heavyweight division, has a lot in widespread with the November 1976 televised Ron Lyle 12 spherical cut up choice win over Joe Bugner at Caesars Palace Sports activities Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like Lyle versus Bugner, the 12 spherical choice in Ruiz versus Ortiz doesn’t notably shake up the heavyweight division prime ten rankings come what may. The win by Ruiz does put Ruiz within the line of fireplace of Tyson Fury, if Fury doesn’t struggle a unification bout with Oleksandr Usyk first. Usyk, dealing with a compulsory IBF protection towards Felip Hrgovic, has been speaking a 2023 unification bout. If Fury retires or will get stripped of the WBC belt for failing to defend towards obligatory challenger Ruiz, it might create a vacant World Boxing Council match between Andy Ruiz Jr. and both Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder.

LOS ANGELES – September 4, 2022 – Former unified heavyweight world champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. scored three knockdowns on his technique to a unanimous choice victory over prime contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz of their WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator that headlined a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View Sunday night time from Enviornment in Los Angeles.

“Everybody was doubting me, however I labored so laborious for this struggle,” stated Ruiz. “Ortiz is a warrior who hits laborious. I did a good looking job boxing him round. I confirmed extra class than I often just do coming ahead.”

The primary fighter of Mexican descent to turn out to be heavyweight world champion, Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) obtained his hometown crowd on its ft early, as he delivered a clear proper hand to attain his first knockdown in spherical two. Ortiz (33-3, 28 KOs) would hit the canvas a second time within the spherical, however obtained to his ft once more and delivered a number of robust left palms to maintain himself within the struggle and make it by means of the spherical.

“I informed you I used to be going to be a warrior and that’s what I did,” stated Ortiz. “That is Cuba vs. Mexico. That is what I reside for. To everybody who stated that I’m outdated, I gave you a conflict in the present day. There are at all times surprises in boxing, and that’s what you bought if you happen to didn’t assume I’d give it my all.”

Ortiz obtained himself again within the struggle over the next rounds with spectacular boxing as he relied on his jab and motion to maintain Ruiz from inflicting additional injury. In spherical seven nevertheless, Ruiz struck once more, backing his opponent up with a straight proper earlier than transferring shut and dropping Ortiz with an overhand proper.

“It was a tough struggle,” stated Ruiz. “I used to be ready for him to load up and countering him when he did. It was a blessing we have been ready to achieve success.”

Regardless of Ruiz pushing ahead, Ortiz once more used his glorious boxing acumen to stay within the struggle. Ortiz even owned a slight 78-76 edge in punches landed based on CompuBox, nevertheless it was Ruiz’s 67 energy punches to Ortiz’s 56 that made the distinction. After hurting Ortiz once more in spherical 11 and profitable the spherical on all three playing cards, Ruiz was in a position to maintain off a late cost from Ortiz to edge the struggle on the judges playing cards by scores of 114-111 twice, and 113-112.

After the struggle, Ruiz said his willingness to fulfill former WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder in a potential blockbuster showdown, if Wilder is profitable in his ring return October 15 towards Robert Helenius on FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View. Wilder, who was seated ringside, matched Ruiz’s enthusiasm for the potential matchup.

“If Deontay Wins in October, me and him are with the identical administration and we will make this struggle occur,” stated Ruiz Jr. “Let’s do it. Let’s get it on. I’m hungry and I wish to be champion once more and convey that belt again to Mexico.”

“Deontay Wilder is again and I’m at all times in search of nice thrilling fights for the followers,” stated Wilder. “If Andy Ruiz Jr. is what’s subsequent, then I’m able to get it on.”

Within the co-main occasion, prime light-weight contender Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) delivered a highlight-reel knockout over veteran contender Eduardo Ramirez (27-3-3, 12 KOs) within the second spherical of their showdown.

Already a fan-favorite after giving three-division world champion Gervonta Davis all he might deal with in defeat at this identical area final December, Mexico Metropolis’s Cruz entered the ring to roaring approval as he appeared for one more assertion victory.

“I used to be able to win in any respect prices, for my household and what higher technique to win than right here in entrance of all the nice followers in Los Angeles,” stated Cruz.”

Halfway by means of spherical two, Davis confirmed the fight-changing energy that he possesses and that has helped make him a fan favourite in Los Angeles and past. Cruz first linked flush with a giant left hook round a Ramirez jab that despatched Ramirez to the mat laborious.

Whereas Ramirez was in a position to get to his ft, Cruz pushed ahead, sensing his second to finish the struggle. Utilizing a feint proper hand, Ramirez caught Cruz cleanly with one other left hook and adopted up with a strong proper hand to attain a second knockdown. This time referee Jack Reiss jumped in instantly and halt the bout 2:27 into the spherical.

“I misplaced and I’ve to simply accept that,” stated Ramirez. “I’ll get higher and transfer ahead. I felt like I used to be preventing properly after which all the pieces turned abruptly. That’s simply boxing. Now I’m going to relaxation, get well and plan my subsequent strikes going ahead. However I’ll undoubtedly be again, you possibly can rely on that.”

In his post-fight interview with FOX Sports activities’ Heidi Androl, Cruz declared his intention to rematch WBA Light-weight Champion Gervonta Davis, who was seated ringside.

“We wish the rematch with Gervonta Davis,” stated Cruz. “That’s what these followers need. I promised the knockout tonight and we obtained it performed.”

In his first struggle in over 4 years, former three-division world champion Abner Mares (31-3-2, 15 KOs) fought Miguel Flores (25-4-1, 12 KOs) to an thrilling majority draw after 10-rounds of their light-weight duel.

Mares had a scorching begin to his ring-return, touchdown a collection of sharp proper palms early in spherical two that introduced his hometown Southern California crowd to its ft as their hometown hero landed 42 blows within the body. A world champion at bantamweight, tremendous bantamweight and featherweight all through his profession, Mares believed he had performed sufficient to win the struggle.

“Clearly it had been over 4 years, so I used to be a bit off with my timing and a bit sluggish,” stated Mares. “However I felt good and I assumed I used to be touchdown the extra highly effective pictures all through.”

Though Mares held a 151 to 124 edge in punches landed, the 2 combatants have been even at 90 to 90 in punches landed all through rounds three by means of 10. His enchancment within the second half of the struggle was sufficient for the victory in Flores’ eyes.

“It was a very good struggle and clearly I assumed that I pulled it off,” stated Flores. “I do know we’re in his hometown and he’s a veteran so it’s what it’s. He was making an attempt to pot shot me, however I used to be catching most of it. He obtained me with a pair good pictures early on however I felt like I used to be in management after the fourth spherical.”

Flores had his finest rounds within the remaining two frames, sweeping the ninth and tenth on all three playing cards to clinch the draw. The raucous tenth spherical left the followers on their ft with each fighters elevating their hand in victory earlier than the scores of 95-95 twice and 96-94 for Mares have been learn.

“It was an incredible environment,” stated Flores. “It’s laborious to not let the gang get you carried away. I do know they have been cheering for me too by the tip. This leaves me in an incredible place. We obtained a draw towards a three-division world champion so it leaves a very good style in your mouth.”

“After 4 years away I did sufficient to beat a younger child and an lively fighter,” stated Mares. “My efficiency speaks for itself. The group was blissful and it felt good to be dwelling. I undoubtedly felt like I received however it’s what it’s, the judges noticed a draw.”

Within the pay-per-view opener, the Dominican Republic’s Edwin De Los Santos (15-1, 14 KOs) scored an upset by way of third-round TKO as he dropped the beforehand unbeaten Jose Valenzuela (12-1, 8 KOs) 3 times earlier than referee Ray Corona waived off the bout 1:08 into the spherical.

“Valenzuela is a fighter who I really feel has been protected and I needed to point out everybody what I’m able to,” stated De Los Santos. “The plan wasn’t to return ahead a lot, however after I noticed how he was preventing, I used to be able to go toe-to-toe. The Mexican fighters like to struggle like that, however he was open for me to assault.”

“I didn’t count on De Los Santos to be as aggressive as he was within the struggle,” stated Valenzuela. “He gave it out as he good as he took. I simply wish to deal with getting again within the ring and redeeming myself.”

A late substitute who formally stepped in to face Valenzuela this week, De Los Santos appeared sharp from the outset, staggering Valenzuela in spherical one, though Valenzuela was in a position to survive the spherical. Early in spherical two Valenzuela was staggered once more, however was in a position to shift the momentum quickly, touchdown a strong left hook that put De Los Santos down.

After rising to his ft, De Los Santos was in a position to regain momentum with a collection of proper hooks that put Valenzuela down laborious. De Los Santos was penalized by the referee for throwing an additional shot whereas Valenzuela was down, which gave Valenzuela additional time to get well and make it by means of the spherical.

De Los Santos appeared the more energizing fighter heading into the spherical and was in a position to drop Valenzuela once more early within the body. Valenzuela once more was in a position to get again on his ft however after a comply with up flurry from De Los Santos, the referee jumped in and formally waived off the struggle.

“I got here in towards a ranked fighter tonight and I used to be up for the duty,” stated De Los Santos. “Now I would like the identical title that everybody needs. I would like Gervonta Davis.”

Previous to the PPV, prelims reside on FOX and FOX Deportes featured rising unbeaten tremendous welterweight Joey Spencer (16-0, 10 KOs) earn a career-best 10-round unanimous choice over Kevin Salgado (14-1-1, 9 KOs).

“He’s a hard-hitting counter puncher, so we needed to manage the space,” stated Spencer. “I really feel actually robust. I’m actually happy with the work that we put into my conditioning and I believe it confirmed within the struggle. I’m enhancing as I get extra expertise, and that helps me keep extra composed in these fights. I’m going to maintain including to my recreation as I get extra comfy. I’m undoubtedly working in the direction of enhancing as an offensive fighter.”

In his first 10-round struggle as a professional, the 22-year-old Spencer turned away what many thought-about the hardest opponent of his profession, using an 79 to 54 edge in punches landed to victory. Mexico’s Salgado proved to be a stiff check for Spencer as he continued to push ahead till the ultimate bell. After 10 rounds, all three judges noticed it in Spencer’s favor by scores of 99-91 twice and 100-90.

“I’ve a pair concepts of who I wish to struggle subsequent,” stated Spencer. “Tony Harrison, Tim Tszyu, Erickson Lubin and Sebastian Fundora are all guys I wish to struggle. I wish to face the very best. There’s one champion within the division and we’ve to struggle one another to get to him.”

In motion reside on FS1 and FOX Deportes, unbeaten tremendous bantamweight contender Ra’eese Aleem (20-0, 12 KOs) confirmed off his appreciable boxing ability in incomes a unanimous choice over Mike Plania (26-2, 13 KOs) of their 10-round duel.

“The struggle was all the pieces that I anticipated,” stated Aleem. He’s a really powerful fighter and an incredible competitor. I simply needed to struggle a sensible struggle, as a result of we all know he’s harmful. Though I didn’t really feel his energy, I do know that he can hit. I simply needed to take my time and let all the pieces fall into place.”

Aleem scored a knockdown early in spherical two to leap out to the early lead and managed the motion all through, displaying a formidable and assorted assault highlighted by a wide range of left palms. After closing the present with a dominant tenth and remaining spherical, Aleem earned the choice by rating of 100-89 3 times.

“It’s time for ‘scared boy’ Stephen Fulton Jr. to return out of hiding and signal the contract,” stated Aleem. “Let’s get in there so I may give him his first loss. It could be a more in-depth struggle than tonight, however I nonetheless count on to dominate and get the win.”

The occasion was promoted by TGB Promotions.

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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, supplies historic boxing articles and supplies editorial ringside protection of main boxing occasions. You may contact or comply with Robert on Fb and by electronic mail at [email protected]

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