- Tarrian Rodgers
Andy Ruiz victorious against Luis Oritz after dropping him three times
In 2019 Andy Ruiz became a household name in boxing after scoring at the time which many considered the biggest upset in boxing history, knocking out then undefeated world champion Anthony Joshua. Since the Joshua fight Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) has been on a crusade to regain his belts and show he isn’t a one hit wonder. Sunday Ruiz conquered one of his biggest challengers in former interim and two-time title challenger Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs).
The story of the fight was the three knockdowns Ruiz scored and it was enough to withstand Ortiz’s late staged comeback. The action was slow and methodical. Ortiz dominated the fight with his jab, but the exciting moments belonged to Ruiz. Ruiz set the stage early with the round of the fight Ruiz in the second round dropped Ortiz with a big right hand to the side of the head and scored a second knockdown moments later as Ortiz had yet to recover on noodle legs.
Ortiz recovered nicely from the early round knockdowns by controlling much of the fight’s pace. Ortiz marked the first southpaw that Ruiz ever fought. After a few close rounds Ruiz was able to steal momentum landing a thunderous shot that knocked Ortiz off his feet. The official scorecards read 113-112 and 114-111 twice for Ruiz. The knockdowns were the deciding factor, as two of the three judges gave both men six rounds and one saw it seven to five in favor of Ortiz.
After the win Ruiz looked forward to what is next and exchanged a moment with former champion Deontay Wilder. Wilder, who is coming off a trilogy with current heavyweight kingpin Tyson Fury, fights Robert Helenius in October. If Wilder can clear his next challenge, then a collision course with Ruiz is certainly on tilt next. "If that's what lines up next," Wilder said. "I gotta handle business first but let's get it on." As for Ruiz he says he welcomes the challenge as long as it allows him closer to the gold. "Staying active, man. I don't want to be waiting so long before I fight," Ruiz said. "I want to be fighting three or four times a year. I'm ready. I want to bring the belt back to Mexico