Andy Ruiz takes unanimous decision over Luis Ortiz after three knockdowns

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It took a split second for Andy Ruiz Jr. to remind the boxing world just how dangerous he could be.

Ruiz caught Luis Ortiz lacking for a moment and detonated a huge overhand right to score his first of three knockdowns to power his way toward a unanimous decision victory Sunday night. Judges at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles scored it 113-112, 114-111, and 114-111, all in favor of Ruiz, whose quick hands were too much to overcome for an aging but valiant Ortiz, 43. The bout was a WBC heavyweight title eliminator, meaning Ruiz inches closer to a world championship shot.

"I'm ready man. I'm hungry," Ruiz said during his postfight interview in the ring. "I want to be champion again and bring that belt back to Mexico!"

Ruiz struck first in the second round, as he blasted Ortiz with a bashing overhand right to put "King Kong" on his hands and knees.

Ortiz beat the count at nine but would taste the canvas moments later in the same frame as they became entangled in a clinch, where Ruiz pushed him down. Although that second knockdown was ruled a knockdown, it should have been ruled a push.

Ortiz managed to create distance the following rounds, staying on the outside and peppering Ruiz with a right-handed jab. However, Ruiz remained patient and managed to uncoil a compact right hook to the temple that put Ortiz back on the canvas in the seventh round. 

Although Ortiz showed plenty of heart and managed to even win the 12th round by finally uncorking his big left hand, Ruiz's earlier output paved the way for his unanimous decision.

One would have liked to see Ruiz piece together a more sustained effort toward a stoppage, but "The Destroyer" nonetheless picked up the valuable win.

After the fight, Deontay Wilder entered the ring and expressed interest in fighting Ruiz. Wilder clashes with Robert Helenius on Oct. 15.

Here's how the entire Ruiz vs. Ortiz main card pay-per-view went.


Mares-Flores goes to the cards

Flores catches Mares with some thudding hooks, putting the latter on his bicycle around the ring for much of the 10th and final round. Mares lands 126 power punches to Flores's 117. Did Mares bank enough early to mid rounds to take this one, or do judges credit Flores steady, especially solid work late?

Flores busier, Mares better

Through eight rounds, Flores has been the more active boxer, bringing the fight to Mares. However, Mares is landing the more significant shots. It will be interesting to see how judges score this if it rides out like this.

Gervonta Davis in the house

"Tank" was supposed to fight Mares back in February 2019 before the latter suffered a detached retina in his right eye.

Flores is digging his way back

Flores is working diligently over the last few rounds, digging his way back into this fight, which now enters the sixth round.

Mares is letting his hands go

Mares repeatedly loads up and lands with overhand rights in the second round. He's pounding away at Flores, staggering him at one point as well. Flores has a solid chin, so a stoppage win against him would be impressive. 

Mares looks sharp early on

Mares is landing his shots crisply in this first round. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's also getting tagged at times. The ring rust is to be expected as his last bout was in June 2018.

The return of Abner Mares

The former three-division champion hasn't been in action in four years. He returns to face former title challenger Miguel Flores. This super featherweight bout is set for 10 rounds.

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De Los Santos stops Valenzuela in the third round

During a fiery exchange, De Los Santos wobbles Valenzuela with a left hook. Moments later, he catches Valenzuela with unanswered left hooks that land flush, and the ref has seen enough. This one is over!  De Los Santos picks up a huge third-round TKO!

Fireworks between Valenzuela and De Los Santos

De Los Santos was beating Valenzuela around the ring with speed and power when the unbeaten rising star clipped the Dominican and responded to the onslaught by scoring a knockdown on a left hook. Moments later, in the same second round, De Los Santos responds by dropping Valenzuela with a counter right hook. However, he was penalized a point for hitting Valenzuela after the bell. Electric stuff between the two with De Los Santos getting the better of the action.

Deontay Wilder visits Luis Ortiz backstage

Lightweight action launches this ppv

Unbeaten Jose Valenzuela gets an early surprise from Dominican Republic’s Edwin De Los Santos, who seems to be quicker to the punch, even staggering the rising star in the opening round.

Andy Ruiz-Luis Ortiz main card ppv begins

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