Andy Ruiz Jr defeats Chris Arreola by unanimous determination

Former world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr survived an early knockdown to beat Chris Arreola by unanimous determination in California. Knocked down by a proper hand within the second spherical, Mexico’s Ruiz rallied to win 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109 on the judges’ scorecards.

He had not fought since his December 2019 rematch loss to Anthony Joshua, after which he misplaced 55 kilos. “We did what we needed to do to get the win,” stated Ruiz, 31. Ruiz regarded robust with the jab within the first spherical earlier than American Arreola despatched him to the canvas with a shot to the temple within the second.

Ruiz was harm once more within the third when Arreola, 40, landed a left hook, however appeared extra snug in subsequent rounds. He discovered his rhythm with the jab within the eighth spherical and twice pressured Arreola to shake his shoulder, this final time at 11 with a robust right-left combo, earlier than stopping Arreola’s determined makes an attempt within the last spherical.

“I respect the judges, however at this time I at all times stated that magnificence is within the eye of the beholder,” Arreola stated. “Actually, man, did he win? Tremendous. However do not inform me you are solely going to present me two, three rounds.” Ruiz now has a report of 34 wins in 36 fights, whereas Arreola has misplaced seven of his 48 matches.

Fights erupted within the stands in the course of the early rounds of the combat, which befell in entrance of three,940 followers at a reduced-capacity Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson.

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