Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. made a profitable return to the ring with a unanimous resolution victory over Chris Arreola at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on Saturday night time.
Although the scores have been large, with two judges seeing it 118-109 for Ruiz and the third having it 117-110, there was a good bit of drama early as the previous champion needed to alter after surviving an early knockdown.
Many anticipated Ruiz (34-2) to cease the 40-year-old Arreola after using Canelo Alvarez’s coach, Eddy Reynoso, and altering his eating regimen to point out off a brand new physique. But most individuals underestimated the modifications Arreola made heading into the battle; he slimmed down to only over 220 kilos. And these modifications practically spelled Ruiz’s demise within the second spherical.
Ruiz tried to start out quick however Arreola turned him again within the second with a proper hand that put Ruiz down. From there, Arreola started leaving his mark on Ruiz with laborious proper fingers that clearly had an impact. Maybe it was the product of rust from an almost 18-month layoff. Ruiz discovered his legs within the third spherical after which used sharp boxing and picked his spots to maintain Arreola from touchdown the large shot.
Ruiz pelted Arreola with mixtures within the center and late rounds however by no means had his opponent in peril. Instead, he racked up factors as Arreola struggled to search out his goal; Ruiz would land mixtures after which slip out of vary. Rinse and repeat.
The efficiency represented an enormous turnaround after an chubby Ruiz was dominated in his rematch with Anthony Joshua in December 2019. After displaying a higher dedication to his coaching, it’s evident that Ruiz will stay a pressure within the division.
Here’s the way it all went down (all occasions Eastern):
Andy Ruiz Jr. survives knockdown to earn resolution over Chris Arreola
Round 12 (12:31 a.m.): It’s apparent that Arreola’s left shoulder is cooked however he is gonna battle this last spherical. Ruiz is aware of it and cracks him with a mixture coming in. Arreola consuming some massive pictures however he appears to be OK. Ruiz thumping his approach to a 12-round resolution and he earned each little bit of it. 10-9, Ruiz (117-110, Ruiz)
Round 11 (12:27 a.m.): Ruiz lands a proper hand as Arreola is coming in. Uppercut from Ruiz. Arreola making an attempt to stress however he will get ripped up by a mixture. Short proper hand by Ruiz lands. Ruiz is beginning to come after Arreola as Arreola makes an attempt to battle him off. Ruiz with one other proper hand. Arreola would not have a lot energy on his pictures. 10-9, Ruiz (107-101, Ruiz)
Round 10 (12:23 a.m.): Ruiz lights up Arreola with a left hand. Another mixture. Arreola must let his fingers go in some unspecified time in the future. Ruiz walks Arreola right into a proper hand and lands to the physique. I do not know what Arreola is pondering at this level. He wants one thing massive. 10-9, Ruiz (97-92, Ruiz)
Round 9 (12:19 a.m.): Arreola simply is not throwing and Ruiz is letting the alternatives come to him. Combination by Ruiz. Arreola is simply too affected person. Ruiz with one other mixture. Another spherical and the identical story. Ruiz is touchdown with a bit extra frequency and takes one other spherical. 10-9, Ruiz (87-83, Ruiz)
Round 8 (12:15 a.m.): Arreola in search of a method inside however cannot discover a spot to fireside energy pictures. Arreola lands a proper hand. Ruiz lands a proper hand and it looks as if Arreola has damage his shoulder. Left hook lands for Ruiz. Not loads taking place on this spherical however, once more, Ruiz was busier. 10-9, Ruiz (77-74, Ruiz)
Round 7 (12:11 a.m.): Arreola is not throwing plenty of punches and is permitting Ruiz to take rounds on exercise. They trade jabs. Ruiz with a physique head mixture. Ruiz with a blistering mixture that Arreola takes effectively, however Arreola would not provide something in return. The exercise from Ruiz is giving him the sting. 10-9, Ruiz (67-65, Ruiz)
Round 6 (12:07 a.m.): Ruiz opens the sixth with a tough three-punch mixture. Right hand by Arreola. Left hook from Ruiz backs Arreola up. Another three-punch mixture by Ruiz. Ruiz lands to the physique however Arreola steps in with a proper hand. Ruiz is beginning to decide up steam and rounds. 10-9, Ruiz (57-56, Ruiz)
Round 5 (12:03 a.m.): Arreola sneaks in a proper hand a minute into the spherical. Feels like each are ready for the opposite to make a mistake. Arreola finds Ruiz’s face with a tough proper hand. Big left and proper mixture from Ruiz. Arreola causes Ruiz to whiff on an enormous proper hand. Close spherical however Ruiz being extra energetic will give him the spherical. 10-9, Ruiz (47-47)
Round 4 (11:59 p.m.): Ruiz opens the fourth with a mixture however Arreola takes it effectively. Arreola ready for a gap and chops Ruiz with a proper hand. Ruiz making a dedication to the physique. Straight proper by Ruiz. Much higher spherical by Ruiz. 10-9, Ruiz (38-37, Arreola)
Round 3 (11:55 p.m.): Arreola opens up and cracks Ruiz once more! Ruiz is damage! What the hell is happening?? Arreola has found out Ruiz and is hurting him at will. The proper hand by Arreola is sort of a heat-seeking missile. Ruiz with a mixture that drives Arreola again. Ruiz with a brief left hand that stuns Arreola however he fires again with a proper hand that staggers Ruiz. This is a superb battle. 10-9, Arreola (29-27, Arreola)
Round 2 (11:51 p.m.): Not loads taking place within the first minute till Arreola lowers a tough proper hand and down goes Ruiz! Ruiz is again to his toes and so they briefly slug it out. Ruiz seems to have his legs underneath him. Left hook by Ruiz lands and Arreola fires a tough mixture that seems to harm Ruiz! Whoa. What a second spherical by Arreola. 10-8, Arreola (19-18, Arreola)
Round 1 (11:47 p.m.): Ruiz begins pressuring instantly. Arreola with a physique shot and Ruiz returns with a mixture. Straight proper hand lands for Ruiz. Ruiz jabbing to the physique. Fast and laborious proper hand by Ruiz. He’s sharp. Ruiz’s fingers look extraordinarily quick. To Arreola’s credit score, he is been sound defensively. But this was a Ruiz spherical. (10-9, Ruiz)
11:40 p.m.: Both fighters are within the ring and it’s time for a heavyweight conflict.
11:28 p.m.: Main occasion is up subsequent as Andy Ruiz Jr. makes his extremely anticipated return to the boxing ring to face Chris Arreola in what is certain to be an all-action battle.
11:17 p.m.: Abel Ramos is working away with this battle and has utterly damaged Figueroa down. Ramos’ dedication to the physique started paying dividends within the sixth spherical and a brutal physique assault despatched Figueroa to his nook spitting up blood. His nook had no alternative however to cease the battle. An unbelievable victory for Ramos and an absolute beatdown of a former extremely touted prospect. The Ramos household has had a superb night time.
11:06 p.m.: After three rounds, Ramos is being sturdy and constant sufficient to present Figueroa some issues. Figueroa is trying to be artful however Ramos is not falling for any of his traps. He had a tough time within the first two rounds however Ramos has appeared to determine his opponent and is touchdown with extra frequency.
10:52 p.m.: Up subsequent is the co-main occasion as Omar Figueroa Jr. faces a stiff check in opposition to Abel Ramos in a welterweight showdown. Figueroa is returning to the ring after struggling his first loss to Yordenas Ugas in July 2019. Ramos can be coming off a loss to Ugas, nevertheless it was a break up resolution. Both want a win on this WBA world title eliminator.
10:36 p.m.: As anticipated, the battle did not go the gap. Fundora damage Cota badly within the fourth spherical and was touchdown with alarming frequency. Cota tried to land the house run however was getting crushed by quite a lot of energy pictures. The referee lastly stepped in after a tough left hook. The crowd booed as a result of it wished Cota to exit on his protect however he was in peril of being damage badly. Great efficiency by Fundora, who continues to climb up the ladder along with his distinctive dimension, attain and talent set.
10:25 p.m.: Fundora and Cota have spent the primary six minutes throwing laborious leather-based at one another. This battle is unlikely to go the gap so get pleasure from it whereas it lasts.
10:15 p.m.: Up subsequent is the 6-6 tremendous welterweight Sebastian Fundora (16-0-1, 11 KOs) moving into the ring with seasoned veteran Jorge Cota (30-4, 27 KOs). Cota rebounded from back-to-back losses to Jeison Rosario and Jermell Charlo to win two fights in a row. Fundora is aiming to get his third straight knockout.
10:02 p.m.: After 10 rounds, Jesus Ramos earns the unanimous resolution. He was unable to gather the knockout however Molina was artful sufficient to keep away from any important injury. Ramos demonstrated maturity as soon as he realized Molina would not have interaction to present him the opening he wanted and used stress and physique work to take the choice.
9:41 p.m.: After 5 rounds, Ramos is in management however Molina is not making it simple. The veteran has been slick and forcing Ramos to work to land punches. Ramos has begun to work on the physique to decelerate Molina’s motion as he pursues his fifteenth knockout.
9:17 p.m.: We’re kicking off the Ruiz-Arreola undercard with Jesus Ramos (15-0, 14 KOs) taking over Javier Molina (22-3). Ramos has proven some spectacular energy however Molina has confirmed to be sturdy.
What time does Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola begin?
- Date: Saturday, May 1
- Main card: 9 p.m. ET
- Ruiz-Arreola foremost occasion: Approximately midnight ET
The Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola PPV foremost card begins at 9 p.m. ET, with the fighters anticipated to make their ring walks at roughly midnight ET, relying on the size of the sooner fights.
How to look at Ruiz Jr. vs. Arreola
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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola battle card
- Andy Ruiz Jr. def. Chris Arreola (117-110, 118-109, 118-109).
- Abel Ramos def. Omar Figueroa Jr. by way of Sixth-round TKO (3:00).
- Sebastian Fundora def. Jorge Cota by way of 4th-round TKO (2:35).
- Jesus Ramos def. Javier Molina by way of unanimous resolution (97-92, 99-90, 99-90).