Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz fight results, highlights: Ruiz drops Ortiz three times en route to decision win – CBS Sports

Andy Ruiz Jr.  vs. Luis Ortiz fight results, highlights: Ruiz drops Ortiz three times en route to decision win - CBS Sports

Every fight is dangerous in the heavyweight division and only a handful of punches can change the outcome. This is exactly how the fight between Andy Ruiz Jr. took place. and Luis Ortiz on Saturday night, with Ortiz technically winning more rounds on the three official scorecards but Ruiz taking a unanimous decision victory thanks to three knockouts in the fight.

The action was often slow and often dominated by Ortiz’s jab, but every moment of note belonged to Ruiz. The most exciting round of the fight was the second, with Ruiz dropping Ortiz with a big right hand to the side of the head and scoring a second knockout moments later when Ortiz had yet to regain his balance.

Ruiz would take his foot off the gas after the explosive second frame and Ortiz would continually seize control of the fight’s pace with little more than a sharp and disciplined jab. This resulted in the fight often becoming a lukewarm affair and drawing boos from the crowd.

Despite the lack of action and Ruiz spending much of the fight absorbing jabs from his mercenary opponent, the first southpaw Ruiz faced as a professional, another Ruiz bomb dropped Ortiz in the seventh round, leaving victory on the scorecards little more than a prayer. for Ortiz.

After the completion of 12 rounds, the official scorecards read 113-112 and 114-111 twice for Ruiz. The knockouts were the deciding factor, because two of the three judges gave both men six rounds and it was seen seven to five in favor of Ortiz.

Despite the loss, Ortiz showed an ability to still fight at 43 and said he’s not ready to hang up the gloves just yet.

“I told you I was going to be a warrior,” Ortiz said after the fight. “I love this. This is Cuba vs. Mexico. It was a war… If they said ‘King Kong’ was old. I gave you a war today. I think I gave a good fight tonight.”

Ortiz has now been knocked down five times in 2022, having been dropped twice in a January bout with Charles Martin, a fight Ortiz was able to win by scoring a knockout in the sixth round. The loss to Ruiz was only the third defeat in Ortiz’s career, the previous two coming in bids for the WBC world title against Deontay Wilder.

As for Ruiz, the former three-belt heavyweight champion of the world, he said his plan is to be more active, no longer looking to fight only once a year as he tries to return to a world title after shocking the world. defeating Anthony Joshua to win the IBF, WBO and WBA titles before losing them in the rematch.

“Stay active, man. I don’t want to wait that long before I fight,” Ruiz said. “I want to fight three or four times a year. I’m ready. I want to bring the belt back to Mexico.”

Ruiz, who has now won two straight bouts since losing the rematch with Joshua, suggested a fight with former champion Wilder could be next, assuming Wilder defeats Robert Helenius in October. Wilder, who was in the crowd for the fight, entered the ring after the call and seemed open to the idea.

“If that’s what lines up next,” Wilder said. “I have to take care of business first but let’s get it going.”

CBS Sports was with you during the event in Los Angeles.

Ruiz vs. Ortiz fight card, results

  • Andy Ruiz won. Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision (113-112, 114-111, 114-111)
  • Isaac Cruz won. Eduardo Ramirez by second-round knockout
  • Abner Mares vs. Miguel Flores ends in a majority draw (96-94, 95-95, 95-95)
  • Edwin of the Saints def. Jose Valenzuela by third-round TKO

Ruiz vs. Ortiz scorecard

Ruiz 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 9 10 9 10 9 114
Ortiz 9 7 9 10 10 10 8 10 9 10 9 10 111

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