Andy Ruiz defeats Ortiz by decision in heavyweight showdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Ruiz landed just enough big punches on Luis Ortiz to make up for his mistake, cautioning him with a narrow win and putting him on the road to a chance to become heavyweight champion again I continued.

Ruiz knocked Ortiz down three times on his way to victory by unanimous decision on Sunday night.

Former three-division world champion Abner Mares also battled Mares’ Miguel Flores, who returned from a four-year ring absence on the pay-per-view undercard, in a majority draw. Lightweight Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz stopped Eduardo Ramirez with two vicious knockdowns in the second round.

In the main event, Lewis (35-2, 22 KOs) took the decision against two-time world title challenger Ortiz (33-3). The Southern California native knocked the 43-year-old Ortiz down twice in the second round and again in the seventh, but his Cuban opponent fought through a badly swollen left eye and both punched more accurately during long stretches of relative inactivity of fighters.

“I worked hard for this fight because I knew he was a warrior and hit hard,” Lewis said. “I think it did a great job boxing him and dealing with his pressure.”

The judges scored Lewis’ bout 114-111, 114-111, 113-112. The Associated Press also had Lewis 114-111 and the knockdown made the difference.

Lewis pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent heavyweight history when he took Anthony Joshua’s three championship belts in 2019, but six months later he was eliminated by his British opponent. lost them to Since then, Lewis has only fought once, but he devoted himself to training in hopes of aiming for the belt again.

“I don’t want to wait,” Lewis said. “I want to fight at least three or four times a year. I’m hungry. I want to be champion again.”

After entering the ring in a blue and gold robe and trunks featuring the colors of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and the horns on his helmet, Lewis suddenly floored Ortiz with a short right hand early in the second round. I wobbled and quickly slid off trying to clinch with Lewis but made it to the bell.

“To everyone who said I was old, I played war today,” Ortiz said. Do people think I’m done? I don’t think so.

In the next four rounds, neither player threw or took many risks, and the crowd, who loudly supported Lewis, complained. Let it and then sent it to the canvas with the right to the top of the head.

“It was very difficult,” Lewis said. “I waited for him to load and when he loaded I ran into him. It was a blessing that we were able to succeed.”

Earlier, Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) claimed a rematch with Jerbonta “Tank” Davis in a two-round demolition of Ramirez. He in a combination in the corner.

Davis, who narrowly defeated Cruz by decision last December, smiled as he watched the fight from ringside amid chants of “I want a tank!” From a Cruz fan.

Mares (31-3-2) has not played since his second loss to Leo Santa Cruz in June 2018. He recovered from surgery for a retinal detachment just before the coronavirus pandemic began. Commentary work on Showtime.

However Mares finally decided he had to go back, and he looked very sharp early against Flores (25-4-1), rocking his opponent with a series of big right hands. Mares was tired in the second half, but one judge card won him 96-94. His other two he scored 95-95.

“Obviously it’s been over four years, so the timing was a little off and it was a little sluggish,” Mares said. won. “

Pay-per-view cards started with a big upset. Edwin de los Santos, a Dominican lightweight, was substituted as a substitute opponent. He defeated previously undefeated Mexican prospect Jose, who beat Valenzuela to take a third-round stoppage win. De los Santos was first added to the card on Wednesday when Jezrille Corrales failed to secure a travel visa from Panama.


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