Ruiz Jr. vs. Ortiz result: Andy Ruiz Jr. needs three knockdowns to escape with narrow decision over Luis Ortiz – Sporting News

  • September 9, 2022

Andy Ruiz Jr. dropped Luis Ortiz three times and needed every single one of them as he narrowly escaped with a unanimous decision at Arena in Los Angeles.
Judges scored the fight 113-112, 114-111 and 114-111 for Ruiz Jr. in a relatively slow-paced fight that lacked the high-octane action that some may have anticipated from two heavyweights needing a win to hopefully insert themselves back into the title picture. 

Ruiz dropped Ortiz twice in the second round and once in the seventh round but his output was extremely low as he was kept on the outside by Ortiz and was fed jabs. The Cuban’s Southpaw style was difficult for Ruiz Jr. to figure out but he managed to catch him when he overcommitted. 
Ortiz managed to get himself together after being dropped in the second round and play it safe, much to the chagrin of the fans. When he decided to take another chance in the seventh, he paid for it with a Ruiz hook to the top of the head. But Ortiz was technically sound, controlled the center of the ring and dug himself out of a hole. Unfortunately, the knockdowns were too much to overcome.
Ruiz improves to 35-2 with the victory and finds himself closer to a title opportunity after having a taste of it back in 2019 when he became a unified titleholder by stunning Anthony Joshua. As for Ortiz, he falls to 33-3 and at 43 years of age he will have a lot to think about. 
Here’s how it all went down.
Result: Andy Ruiz Jr. def. Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision (113-112, 114-111 & 114-111)
Round Twelve: Ruiz opens with a right hand and Ortiz presses forward with a combination. Ortiz lands a left hand and follows with a combination. Ortiz fighting with a sense of urgency. Ruiz circles away and Ortiz pops the jab. Ortiz with an uppercut that lands. Big left hand lands for Ortiz and Ruiz takes it well. Another uppercut lands for Ortiz and a bomb of a left hand. But Ruiz survives the round and may get away with the win.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (113-112 Ruiz)
Round Eleven: Ruiz sneaks in a right hand. Ortiz sticks the jab. Not a lot going on midway through the round. Ruiz lands a huge right hand that rocks Ortiz. Ortiz jabs and Ruiz comes back. Ortiz left eye is closing in a hurry. Another right hand from Ruiz lands. Ortiz shakes it off and jabs but this is a Ruiz round.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz (104-102 Ruiz)
Round Ten: Ortiz back to controlling the center of the ring and using the jab. Ruiz attempts to come in and eats a pair of jabs. Hard right hand lands for Ortiz. Ruiz is extremely inactive and allowing Ortiz to just jab him at will.  
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (94-93 Ruiz)
Round Nine: Ruiz lands a hard combination to start the round. Ortiz responds and it looks like Ruiz went down but it was called a slip. Lead left hand from Ortiz lands. Big exchange that sees both fighters land. Hard left hand by Ortiz lands. Could give him the round as they jockey for position. Ortiz sticks the jab as the round comes to a close.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (85-83 Ruiz)
Round Eight: Ortiz jabbing and gets the advantage with an exchange. Ortiz keeps working the jab and is the busier fighter. Ruiz not doing much again and allows Ortiz to take the round. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (76-73 Ruiz)
Round Seven: The slow pace continues to favor Ortiz. The activity level for both has dropped but Ortiz is still in control. A brief exchange and a right hand backs Ortiz up. Another combination puts Ortiz down! He’s up and a hard right hand by Ruiz closes the round. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-8 Ruiz (67-63 Ruiz)
Round Six: Ortiz controls the center of the ring and plucks away at the jab. Ruiz remains on the outside and lands a counter right hand. Ruiz lands to the body. A pretty even round with a minute left. Hard left hand by Ortiz enough to take the round. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (57-55 Ruiz)
Round Five: Ortiz cracks Ruiz with a jab to open the round. Ortiz lands the left hand to the body. Ortiz looks pretty comfortable with this pace and lands a combination after Ruiz lands a body shot. A slow-paced round that favors Ortiz.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (48-45 Ruiz)
Round Four: A much slower-paced round. Ruiz finally lands a hard jab and a quick combination. Ortiz fires a pair of jabs and goes to the body. Neither willing to let their hands go. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz (39-35 Ruiz)
Round Three: Ortiz trying to get his legs back under him by working the jab and circling. Ruiz goes to the body but isn’t doing a lot. Ortiz continues to pluck away as Ruiz waits for an opening. Ortiz gets a round due to Ruiz’s lack of activity. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (29-26 Ruiz)
Round Two: Ortiz jumps in with a jab and left hand. Ortiz probes with the jab and lands a left to the body. Ruiz with a right hand and down goes Ortiz! A short right-hand puts Ortiz down again! He’s in trouble. Big combination by Ruiz. They exchange big shots. Hard left hand by Ortiz. Ruiz slaps Ortiz with a combination. They exchange power shots as the round comes to a close. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-7 Ruiz (20-16 Ruiz)
Round One: Ruiz counters with a short left. They circle each other in the center of the ring and Ruiz lands a right hand. Ortiz hasn’t done much yet. Ruiz misses a combination but lands a right hand to the body. Ortiz lands a hard right hand that drives Ruiz to the ropes. That’s not enough to win the round. 
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz
11:13 p.m.: The main event is up next. Luis Ortiz vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. The National Anthems have been sung and it’s time to fight. 
Result: Isaac Cruz def. Eduardo Ramirez via 2nd round TKO (2:27)
10:49 p.m.: The rise of Isaac Cruz continues as he absolutely destroyed Eduardo Ramirez in the second round. He scored his first knockdown of the fight with a vicious left hook that put Ramirez down. Although Ramirez would get to his feet, he had nothing left and Cruz pummeled him with a wicked barrage of punches that sank Ramirez for good. Every Cruz victory makes Gervonta Davis’ win over him look even better. Isaac Cruz is a problem.
10:36 p.m.: The co-main event is up next as Isaac Cruz faces Eduardo Ramirez. Cruz has been rolling since pushing Gervonta Davis to the limit last year. He was last seen destroying Yuriorkis Gamboa and now finds himself in a WBC lightweight title eliminator against Ramirez.
Result: Abner Mares and Miguel Flores ends in majority draw (95-95, 95-95 96-94)
10:27 p.m.: After a fast start, Flores and his corner made the proper adjustments and battled back to earn a majority draw. It may not be a satisfying result but few will complain.
10:21 p.m.: We’re in the final round and Flores has come roaring back and has landed some thudding punches on Mares. In the ninth round, Flores pressed the action and landed the cleaner punches. It’s going to boil down to whether the judges like the harder punches or the work.
10:09 p.m.: Mares is still ahead and isn’t having a tough time finding Flores’ chin. But Flores has acclimated and isn’t out of the fight. It’s competitive but Abner Mares is still sharp and in control thus far through six rounds. 
9:55 p.m.: Abner Mares has been sharp in his return through three rounds. He’s stunned Flores twice and hasn’t shown much rust thus far. Flores has been game but he’s getting outworked. 
9:42 p.m.: Abner Mares returns to action for the first time in four years and faces Miguel Flores in super featherweight action. What does Mares have left in the tank after so many years away and having to overcome a detached retina?
Result: Edwin De Los Santos def. Jose Valenzuela via 3rd round TKO (1:08)
9:26 p.m.: In a stunner, Edwin De Los Santos pulled off the monster upset and stopped Jose Valenzuela in the third round. In the first two rounds, De Los Santos has given Valenzuela all he can handle. He hurt Valenzuela in the first round but was dropped briefly in the second. But De Los Santos came roaring back and dropped Valenzuela hard. But he hit him while he was done and it cost him a point. As they entered the third, they exchanged hooks with Valenzuela getting the worst of it and hitting the canvas. He would get to his feet but another power shot rocked him badly and saw the referee put a halt to the fight.  
9:09 p.m.: We’re kicking off the Ruiz Jr. vs. Ortiz PPV with Jose Valenzuela vs. Edwin De Los Santos. Valenzuela (12-0) is a big favorite over De Los Santos (14-1) in a ten round lightweight bout.  
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz takes place on Sept. 4. The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET. Ruiz and Ortiz should make their way to the ring around 12 a.m. ET, depending on how long the undercard fights last. 
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The Ruiz vs. Ortiz main card will air on Fox Sports PPV via Premier Boxing Champions. You can also view the fight via and traditional PPV. 
You can use the Fox Sports app to watch the event. Viewers can stream through the Fox Sports app via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, a laptop, or any mobile or tablet device. 
To watch Ruiz vs. Ortiz, you will need to pay $74.99. 


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