Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz fight results, highlights: Ruiz drops Ortiz three times en route to decision win – CBS Sports

  • September 17, 2022

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Every fight is dangerous in the heavyweight division and just a handful of punches can change an outcome. That’s exactly how the fight between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Luis Ortiz played out on Saturday night, with Ortiz technically winning more rounds on the three official scorecards but Ruiz taking a unanimous decision victory thanks to three knockdowns in the fight.
The action was frequently slow and often dominated by Ortiz’s jab, but every moment of note belonged to Ruiz. The most exciting round of the fight was the second, with Ruiz dropping Ortiz with a big right hand to the side of the head and scoring a second knockdown moments later as Ortiz had yet to recover his equilibrium.
Ruiz would take his foot off the gas after the explosive second frame and Ortiz would continually grab control of the pace of the fight with little more than a sharp and disciplined jab. This resulted in the fight frequently becoming a tepid affair and drawing boos from the crowd.
Despite the lack of action and Ruiz spending much of the fight absorbing jabs from his southpaw opponent, the first southpaw Ruiz had faced as a professional, another Ruiz bomb dropped Ortiz in the seventh round, leaving a win on the scorecards little more than a prayer for Ortiz.
Andy Ruiz answers back with a BIG knock down!#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/XZrwZBwG1V
After the completion of 12 rounds, 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.
Despite the loss, Ortiz showed an ability to still contend at 43 years old and said he was not yet ready to hang up the gloves.
“I told you I was going to be a warrior,” Ortiz said after the fight. “I love this. This is Cuba vs. Mexico. It was a war. … If they said ‘King Kong’ is old. I gave you a war today. I think I gave a good fight tonight.”
Ortiz has now been knocked down five times in 2022, having been dropped twice in a January bout with Charles Martin, a fight Ortiz was able to win by scoring a knockout in the sixth round. The loss to Ruiz was just the third defeat in Ortiz’s career, the previous two coming in bids for the WBC world title against Deontay Wilder.
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As for Ruiz, the former three-belt heavyweight champion of the world, he said his plan is to be more active, no longer looking to fight just once each year as he tries to get back to a world title fight after shocking the world by defeating Anthony Joshua to win the IBF, WBO and WBA titles before losing them in the rematch.
“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.”
Ruiz, who has now won two consecutive bouts since losing the rematch with Joshua, suggested a fight with former champ Wilder could be next, assuming Wilder defeats Robert Helenius in October. Wilder, who was in the crowd for the fight, entered the ring after the call-out and seemed open to the idea.
“If that’s what lines up next,” Wilder said. “I gotta handle business first but let’s get it on.”
Elsewhere on the card, Isaac Cruz reminded just how much of a threat he can be in the lightweight division with a thunderous second-round knockout of Eduardo Ramirez. Cruz, who battled Gervonta “Tank” Davis to a decision last December, called for a rematch with the superstar after his victory.
CBS Sports was with you throughout the event in Los Angeles. 
Official result — Andy Ruiz def. Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision (113-112, 114-111, 114-111)
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 12: Ortiz tried to open up early and he connected with a few good punches even as Ruiz fired back. Ortiz landed an uppercut after a few more jabs, continuing to try to make something happen in the final three minutes of the fight. Ortiz connected with some left hands but Ruiz took them well and didn’t seem hurt. Ruiz ate a big left in the corner and landed a right of his own in return. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (114-111 Ruiz)
Who do you want to see @Andy_destroyer1 in the ring with next and why is it Deontay Wilder?
“I’m ready man. I’m hungry. I want to be champion again and bring that belt back to Mexico!” @Andy_destroyer1 after tonight’s win. #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/5OpXNk9Vyf
With 3 knockdowns, and a fight that was everything that we expect in a heavyweight fight of this caliber, @andy_destroyer1 defeats Luis Ortiz by UD in a WBC title eliminator on @PBConFOX PPV. #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/cefLxqOovV
The winner by unanimous decision is “The Destroyer” Andy Ruiz! 🥊#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/iRJpRYeLyW
12 rounds in the books, and now we go to the judges.#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/c1oSASE8Qi
You can NEVER count Luis Ortiz out of a fight. Round 1 or round 12, King King is always dangerous. #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/NFvb3b5one
WHAT. A. HIT by Andy Ruiz in the 11th 😳#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/bAvfPU0E3T
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 11: Ruiz landed a good right hand early in the round and then a jab. Ortiz’s right eye started to swell noticeably. Ruiz again landed the right and Ortiz stumbled and seemed hurt badly. Ruiz started to open up a bit more after having only landed one punch in the 10th. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz (105-101 Ruiz)
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 10: Ortiz landed several more jabs and then a right hand early. Even as he has often had success, he needs to go for broke at some point, trying to find a knockout. That may be hard to do given he’s been dropped three times and really going for it will leave him open to return fire. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (95-92 Ruiz)
Some hard hits to start the 9th round! 👊#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/ryasKwh2cB
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 9: Ruiz landed several shots in a big combination and then touched the canvas after a right hand but the referee judged it as a slip or a shove. Things slowed back down and back to the same range. Ortiz did land a good left hand late in the round. Ruiz’s early work likely was enough to give him this one. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz (86-82 Ruiz)
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 8: Ortiz landed a chopping left hand and then worked the jab again before a big exchange that saw Ortiz get the better of things. Ortiz just stayed on the jab gameplan, with Ruiz landing a body shot. Again, Ortiz does well responding to a poor previous round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (76-73 Ruiz)
Andy Ruiz gets his third knock down of the fight late in the 7th round!#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/dcEa7HqCxu
How does #RuizOrtiz end?
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 7: Ruiz landed a good shot to the body early and the crowd was booing more loudly at the lack of action in the fight. A brief exchange of combinations from both men saw Ruiz land a few good right hands, his best work in a few rounds. A big right from Ruiz forced Ortiz to stumble and another right hand put Ortiz on the canvas for the third time in the fight. Ortiz landed one more right before the end of the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-8 Ruiz (67-63 Ruiz)
This is why we ❤️ heavyweight boxing. Two absolute warriors giving it everything they have in the ring. #RuizOrtiz
When an unstoppable force meet and immovable object 💥💥💥! #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/ifzXP1nyBl
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 6: More of the same for the first half of the round, Ortiz jabbing away until Ruiz landed a right hand. Ortiz started trying to get his straight left going and that let Ruiz look to counter. Ruiz threw a good body shot and was right back to the outside. Ortiz landed a left around Ruiz’s guard and slipped a Ruiz sot before landing a good left hand. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (57-55 Ruiz)
Ruiz and Ortiz are still trading shots through 5 rounds 🥊#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/1K6ZCRp6OJ
After being dropped earlier, Luis Ortiz gets hit with a big punch before landing his own that rocks Ruiz. #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/kIPj738JgO
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 5: Ortiz again was content early to sit at range and throw the jab. Ortiz also dipped with a few body shots before Ruiz landed a right hand and a left hook moments later. Ortiz landed a good combination of punches in response to a lunging right from Ruiz. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (48-45 Ruiz)
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 4: Ortiz landed a few jabs early in the round and Ruiz started to show a bit of marking around his left eye from that punch landing a few times. Another slow-paced round without much of anything happening, though Ortiz seemed to have banked it simply through working the jab a few times. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ortiz (39-35 Ruiz)
.@Andy_destroyer1 delivers a lightening quick straight ring hand to drop Luis Ortiz, scoring the first knock of the fight 😳! #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/pvsy5aF3YS
.@bronzebomber backstage, showing Luis Ortiz support before he steps into the ring with Andy Ruiz. #RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/FGfCtUSXLA
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 3: Ortiz looked well-recovered in the opening seconds of the round, moving a bit more steadily. Ortiz started bouncing on the balls of his feet and popping off jabs. Ruiz landed a good right hand two minutes into the round after not much of anything had happened prior. The fighters have had their heads clash several times already in the fight. Mostly a dull round, hard to call. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Ruiz (30-25 Ruiz)
Andy Ruiz answers back with a BIG knock down!#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/XZrwZBwG1V
Ortiz with a big shot on Ruiz!#RuizOrtiz pic.twitter.com/zGKOtegT6G
Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz — Round 2: Ruiz landed a hard right hand in the early moments of the round. Ortiz poked with jabs trying to figure out range. A big Ruiz right hand dropped Ortiz. Ortiz took nine on the floor before rising to his feet. Another right from Ruiz put Ortiz down but the punch didn’t seem to land as much as Oritiz was just hurt. Ortiz landed a good counter shot but again his legs buckled when Ruiz landed a shot. Ruiz landed a few more good shots before Ortiz finally landed another left. Unofficial scorecard: 10-7 Ruiz (20-16 Ruiz)

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