Every fight in the heavyweight division is dangerous and a few punches can change the outcome. That’s how Saturday night’s fight between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Luis Ortiz went: Ortiz technically won extra rounds on all three official scorecards, but Ruiz won by unanimous decision thanks to three knockouts in the fight.
The action was frequently 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, when Ruiz dropped Ortiz with a big right hand to the side of the head and scored a few moments in the second as Ortiz lost his balance.
Ruiz would take his foot off the gas after an explosive second frame and Ortiz would control the pace of the fight, not with the sharp and disciplined Japanese. This made the fight a hot topic and drew boos from the people.
Although there was no shortage of action, and Ruiz spent most of the fight soaking up a southpaw opponent, the first southpaw Ruiz faced as a pro, another Ruiz bomb dropped Ortiz in the seventh round, making victory little more than a prayer on the scorecards. For Ortiz.
After 12 rounds, the official scorecards read 113-112 and 114-111 for Ruiz twice. Two of the three judges gave both men six rounds, while one saw it seven to five.
Despite the loss, Ortiz, at age 43, still has the ability to fight and says he’s not ready to hang up the gloves just yet.
“I told you I was going to be a fighter,” Ortiz said after the fight. “I like this. This is Cuba against Mexico. It was a war. . . . If you say ‘King Kong’ is old, I gave you a fight today. I think I put up a good fight tonight.”
Ortiz has now been knocked out five times in 2022, including twice in a January fight with Charles Martin, a fight Ortiz won by a sixth-round knockout. The loss to Ruiz was only the third loss of Ortiz’s career, with the previous two coming in bids for the WBC world title against Deontay Wilder.
Ruiz, a former three-belt heavyweight champion of the world, says his plan needs to be more proactive, he no longer wants to fight just once a year as he tries to return to the world title after shocking the world. Anthony Joshua went on to win the IBF, WBO and WBA titles before losing the rematch.
“Wake up 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 take the belt back to Mexico.”
Ruiz, who is on a two-fight winning streak since losing the rematch against Joshua, has hinted that a fight with former champion Wilder could be next, considering Wilder’s victory over 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 the next line,” Wilder said. “I have to take care of the business first but let’s get on with it.”
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Ruiz vs. Ortiz fight card, results
Andy Ruiz d. Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision (113-112, 114-111, 114-111) Isaac Cruz def. Eduardo Ramirez second round knockout Abner Mares vs. Eduardo Ramirez second round knockout Miguel Flores 96-94, 95-95, 95-95 def. Jose Valenzuela via third round TKO
Ruiz vs Ortiz scorecard