By: Sean Cross
Both Andy Ruiz and Luis Ortiz had a lot riding on their in-ring show Sunday night at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. A former multi-title holder, Ruiz wanted to be considered a heavyweight in the heavyweight division. Ortiz, meanwhile, still wanted to be considered a heavyweight in the heavyweight division. It was wash or swim time for each fighter, which added an air of intensity to the proceedings.
It looked like Ruiz might have a slight edge in the opening round. His hand speed simply seems to surpass anything Ortiz can offer. Late in the round, however, Ortiz stuck a man’s leg. The second round was really explosive. Ruiz was lightning fast and powerfully dropped Ortiz from behind not once, but twice. By the end of the round, however, Ortiz was still on his feet and landing powerful blows of his own.
The third was slower than the previous round, but Ortiz made good use of the adventure. Ortiz wisely decided to keep his distance in the fourth, specifically keeping Ruiz from touching him with said explosive speed. In the fifth, the fight turned from a slugfest to a boxing match. While Ortiz was keeping Ruiz off the beach, he was chugging along the liquid jet – mostly. Ruiz still manages to have his moments.
There were some cheers in the crowd in the sixth round as Ruiz was throwing blasts at Ortiz, but those blasts were few and far between. Things turned around in the seventh. Ortiz was dominating what was a slow fight, with Ruiz backing him up with body shots. A few seconds later, Ruiz successfully lands on Ortiz and puts him on the mat again. Needless to say, Ortiz got to his feet and the bell rang to end the round minutes later.
Thanks to him, Ortiz was able to get through most of the eighth. Ruiz continued to hit the body hard in the ninth. Still, Ortiz may have used enough of his jab to take the round. Ruiz was mostly inactive in the tenth. Was it running out of gas? If he had, no one would have known watching the eleventh round, because Ruiz rocked Ortiz again, sending the big man stumbling. Ortiz survived the round, but simply suffered too much damage to win the fight, barring a highly unlikely event. Ortiz was disarmed in the final round and Ruiz was able to land a few times himself.
Suffice it to say, the jury wins for Ruiz at UD.
“Do you think I’m done?” Ortiz asked rhetorically when asked if he was going to hang up the gloves later. “What do the people want?” The people answered his question and cheered loudly. “He’s a fighter, he hits hard and I thought I did a beautiful job,” Ruiz said. “I want to thank God very much,” Ruiz was then asked about the future. “let’s do it!” He said when asked if he would fight Deontay Wilder. “Let’s see!”
“We can get him,” Wilder said after entering the ring and thanking his friend Ortiz.