When Andy Ruiz Jr. walked out of the ring in Saudi Arabia 18 months ago, he realized he had lost his heavyweight championship belt because he wasn’t cursing enough. It took him six months after he beat Anthony Joshua to win the Eating, Drinking and Party championship, and the results showed as he was dramatic in the upcoming fight.
He entered the ring on Saturday at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, to compete against Chris Arreola as former champion. But left it as a man who was clearly a competitor in the suddenly compelling heavyweight division.
Ruiz was in much better shape and he hired the best coach in the game, Eddy Reynoso, that combination was a contrast with Arreola that was surprisingly effective and gave him a win in the game. Make a unanimous decision
Ruiz won with a score that seemed too broad. The judges received 118-109 twice and 117-110 meant that two judges gave Arreola only one round and the other gave two.Areola left Ruiz in the second with a short right and left him in trouble for the other time. Throughout the competition
Yahoo Sports won 115-112 for Ruiz, the winner for the first time since a magical night in New York nearly two years ago when he stopped Joshua in a very upset claiming the IBF, WBO heavyweight title. And WBA
“Chris is a veteran and a huge puncher,” Ruiz said. “We did what we had to do tonight. We had the victory we wanted. I was at my lowest point and now I have to climb the stairs again. I am grateful for the victory and I am ready to move into the future. “
He got what he wanted from Arreola, 40, who didn’t get as much attention as Ruiz for his transformation, but who at Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. liked to speak into. It “trimmed and prepared” for 228 pounds and looks like a hungry competitor.
Arreola appeared to have injured his shoulder and didn’t throw much to the left in the second half of the fight. Compared to the motivated and prepared Ruiz, that’s a big problem.
Trainer Joe Goossen previously worked with Arreola on a mix that could take advantage of Ruiz’s tendency to throw his first wide punch.He attacked Joshua by throwing his right hand upward from another field. But hitting hard is always a dangerous tactic.
But Reynoso showed why he was the master as he tightened Ruiz’s defense and kept his fists straight. He didn’t leave the opening like Arreola had expected.
For most of his careers starting in 2003, Arreola was a disadvantaged, and he never truly won a major fight. But he pledged 2019 to improve, and even though he lost to Adam Kownacki, he looks vastly better.
He did the same thing on Saturday and forced Ruiz to raise his level.
But if he was more aggressive, he might be home to an early KO winner.He cut Ruiz with a short right and put the former champion down for a short time.He was too careful with the restart and Ruiz survived.
He buzzed with Ruiz in the third, but Ruiz’s defense came in.The two clashed heavily and swung large volumes of punches, but Ruiz was able to land more aggressively and connect with a higher percentage.
He noted he would be a factor for Joshua, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Luis Ortiz or any other top heavyweight he might face.
Fury and Joshua are going to end up in a two-set battle, so it makes sense for Ruiz to continue to face Wilder. He won’t be able to hold onto Wilder like Arreola, but this is his first fight with Reynoso and there are numbers to constantly improve.
“He held me with a clean right hand in the second round,” Ruiz said. “I was too confident and lowered my hand a little. Put a hat for him We keep pushing I changed and started to focus on the response and work of my body. ”
Arreola hopes to have another match. But it is not likely to happen. But he has proven he has nothing left to offer and has a good fight for him.Joseph Parker, the former WBO champion who beat Dereck Chisora on Saturday earlier, will be a good opponent for Arreola.
Ruiz was battling one of the big names at the top, he had a massive fan base and was greeted by 3,940 people like a conqueror hero. He’s recognized a high-ranking title, fan base, and style to go into the next big fight.
He escaped his own way after a dire match against Joshua. Away from junk food and beer, he appears every day to train and listen to the teachings of the sport’s hottest trainers.
With his strength, smooth feet and fast hands, that could easily be a winning combination again.
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