In a matter of three fights, Andy Ruiz has gone from underdog, to champion, to disappointment, to a person in quest of a comeback. However the comeback is off to a great begin.
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) recorded his first win in almost two years on Saturday, as he defeated Chris Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) by way of unanimous resolution in a 12-round, non-title heavyweight bout. All three judges scored the combat, which happened at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California, for Ruiz by way of scores of 118-109, 118-109 and 117-110.
It was an necessary evening for Ruiz, 31, who upset Anthony Joshua to grow to be the primary Mexican heavyweight boxing champion in 2019, solely to present his titles again in a right away rematch. After his weight ballooned to 310 kilos following the loss, Ruiz teamed up with Canelo Alvarez and coach Eddy Reynoso. He got here into the combat 27 kilos lighter than his previous combat.
“Chris had all of it. He is a veteran and a tough puncher,” Ruiz stated. “We did what we needed to do and we received the victory. Keep in mind, I used to be on the lowest and I needed to come again. We did what we needed to do. Thank God we bought this victory and on to the following.”
Though the judges’ scores confirmed a dominant evening by Ruiz, it was something however simple. Arreola, 40, of Los Angeles, knocked Ruiz down early within the second spherical with a proper hand. Ruiz recovered, however Arreola damage him once more close to the tip of the second and at first of the third. The early offense drew a loud response from the sold-out crowd of three,940.
“He caught me with a great proper hand, I dropped my arms a bit of bit,” Ruiz stated. “I used to be overconfident. Tops off to him. Chris caught me with a great one, however I stored going. I felt a bit of rust and I do know different fighters can relate to that.”
After the preliminary adversity, nevertheless, Ruiz settled in properly. He started concentrating on the physique extra within the fourth spherical and let his jab take over within the seventh. Halfway by the latter spherical, Arreola winced and rotated his left shoulder in an obvious harm. He shook out his left arm once more within the eleventh spherical, however advised referee Jack Reiss and followers afterwards he was positive.
“I bought hit a pair occasions within the shoulder and it type of threw it off. No large deal, that is part of boxing,” Arreola stated. “I completely respect the judges, however right this moment — I will at all times say magnificence is within the eye of the beholder, they like butterface right this moment, all the pieces is fairly however their face. Did he win? Wonderful. However do not inform me you are gonna solely give me two or three rounds.”
This isn’t the primary time Ruiz has survived an early knockdown in a giant combat. When he upset Joshua in 2019, he recovered from a knockdown within the third spherical and knocked Joshua down twice in that very same body. Arreola’s pictures have been actually vital, however because the combat progressed, the physique work, Arreola’s age and probably the shoulder harm robbed him of his pop.