Bottom – Adelaide Ruiz isn’t afraid to admit she’s looking ahead.
Downey’s undefeated professional boxer has several titles in her sights – the IBF, WBO and WBC – but first she has to get past Sonia Osorio.
The fight is for Osorio’s WBC Interim World Women’s Super Flyweight title and will serve as the co-main event of the Golden Boy Fight Night card, broadcast live from Costa Rica on Thursday night. DAZN will broadcast the card live.
The first fight between Ruiz (11-0-1) and Osorio (15-7-2) will be a rematch after an accidental head injury in the first round ended in a no-contest. Osorio went one more round and then couldn’t continue.
“It was very disappointing because we trained hard for that fight like any other fight, but it was my first title fight,” Ruiz said. “It was like teasing a kid with candy and saying, ‘Oh, never mind.'”
This time, Ruiz plans to catch Osorio early and take him to the later rounds.
“She’s a fighter with a lot going on in her head,” said Ruiz, nicknamed La Cobra for her speed and impressive ability. “At this point we try to keep her outside by not letting her head in too much. And after the fourth round, we go ahead and do what we have to do.
Ruiz, 33, is a heavy-handed puncher whose amateur fights usually end in the first or second round. That dominance has carried over to the professional level: six of his 11 professional victories have come by knockout.
“I tell people, I don’t have to work for civilization, but it’s natural,” said Ruiz.
Ruiz grew up in Lynnwood with 10 siblings. Each spent time in the boxing ring, but it was Ruiz who took the sport more seriously as women’s boxing grew in popularity. In the year She turned pro in 2017 at Quiet Canyon in Montebello.
Today she is boxing alongside being a mother of three children. She also has a day job in the health care industry.
“It’s not impossible,” Ruiz said of balancing boxing and family life. “When I started as a professional boxer, I had to give up a lot of things and prioritize the important things in my life. Basically that was my job, my family and the gym. It’s hard but not impossible.”
Ruiz and her family moved to Downey in 2017, settling into an apartment on Imperial Highway. They later moved to another house, still in Downey.
“I like everything about Downey,” Ruiz said. “It’s very different from Lynwood. I do my morning run here, I do my evening run here, and I don’t have to worry about anything. The neighbors are great, everyone has a dog, everyone walks.
Ruiz is sure it will be with new hardware when she returns home from Costa Rica.
“I’m winning this belt, I’m going home,” Ruiz said. “My promoter [MarvNation] He’s working on my next fight, we’re looking to get all these belts.