Former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz made a serious bid to fight for the heavyweight titles again after defeating veteran Luis Ortiz via unanimous decision in their clash in Los Angeles.
The California-born Ruiz, who is of Mexican descent, took his opponent down in three knockdowns to earn the victory in the eyes of all three judges at ringside – one referee had it 113-112 in his favor and the other two had 114 on their cards. :111.
However, the victory came hard for Ruiz, who in the summer of 2019 shocked the boxing world by knocking out world champion Anthony Joshua. The 32-year-old boxer now has 35 wins and 2 losses in his career in the professional ring and has again made a claim that he will be among the contenders for the championship belts.
It was Ortiz’s third loss (33-3, 28 KOs), but it could also end his hopes for something more memorable in a career that is clearly on its way out.
The match was watched live by former world champion Deontay Wilder, who came to the ring to congratulate the two boxers after the match. It is against him that Ruiz will most likely fight, and the winner will become a contender for the world titles.
“I hope Wilder beats Helenius in October, we’re both in the same organization. Let’s make this fight,” Ruiz said.