Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. He hasn’t been pleased with the way he’s fought since then Unanimous heavyweight title loss to Anthony Joshua On December 7, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. He wasn’t happy with his performance that night, even though he came in at an ugly 283 pounds and was in no position to perform.
His only fight since then was Decision to beat Chris Areola On May 1, 2021, however, Ruiz expressed his dissatisfaction with his performance.
On Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Ruiz will face Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in the main event for a pay-per-view card that he hopes will draw you into a major battle. If former WBC champion Deontay Wilder beats Robert Helenius next month, they could then meet in the first half of 2023, if not likely.
Ruiz, who left Eddie Reynoso after defeating Areola and signed Alfredo Osuna as his coach, hit 269 pounds at weight on Saturday and looked reasonably in good shape.
At BetMGM, Ruiz is the favorite -400 to defeat “King Kong”. Ortiz at +270. Ortiz is the favorite for -120 to win KO/TKO/DQ and is +250 to win by decision. Southpaw Ortiz, who is 43 years older than Ruiz, is +500 to win by KO/TKO/DQ. It’s +800 to win by knockout.
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In the co-main event, Isaac Cruz put Eduardo Ramirez in the second round of a WBC lightweight title elimination match. Ramirez hit the count on his score as Cruz finished the job with a devastating knockout that drove fans into a frenzy.
Former champion Abner Maris and Miguel Flores cut a distance in their 10-round lightweight bout, which ended in a draw with the majority. One judge scored the fight 96-94 for Maris with the other two judges even at 95-95. Maris, who has had problems with his eyes, hasn’t fought since losing to Leo Santa Cruz in 2018.
In the opening pay-per-view match, substitute contender Edwin de los Santos defeated Jose Valenzuela by a third-round TKO in a lightweight match.
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Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Luis Ortiz Live Updates
Andy Ruiz Jr vs Luis Ortiz, main card odds, scores, highlights
Heavyweight: Andy Ruiz Jr. -400 vs. Luis Ortiz +270
Lightweight: Isaac Cruz def. Eduardo Ramirez by KO at 2:27 of R2:
Lightweight: Abner Maris vs Miguel Flores ends in a draw (96-94, 95-95, 95-95)
Lightweight: defeated Edwin de los Santos. Jose Valenzuela by TKO at 1:08 from R3:
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