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.
Ortiz controlled the fight with little more than a sharp and methodical jab at the pace of the fight, but another Ruiz bomb dropped Ortiz in the seventh round, leaving Ortiz little more than a prayer of victory on the scorecards.
Still, Ortiz still has the ability to fight at age 43 and wasn’t ready to hang up the gloves after the loss.
“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.”
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 then suggested that he should fight former WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Wilder, who was in the crowd for the fight, entered the ring after the call and appeared 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