When the fight was made between former unified heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and Chris Arreola, not many gave Arreola a shot to win this fight. In fact, many thought Arreola would get dominated and stopped, but that was not the case. Arreola battled and dropped Ruiz hard in the second round, but Ruiz took control in the second half of the fight to defeat Arreola by unanimous decision on Saturday night from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California(FOX PPV).
After the fight, Ruiz explained what happened with the knockdown.
“He got me with a good clean right hand in the second round,” said Ruiz. “I was too overconfident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him. We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched up and started focusing on counterpunching and working the body.”
The battle between two Mexican-American heavyweights in Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) and Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) was an exciting affair, which included a lot of back and forth action. However, the judges’ scorecards were a little shaky. Ruiz won 118-109 on two scorecards and 117-110 on another.
Ruiz did own a 106 to 75 advantage in power punches, and he landed 161 of his 626 punches thrown, while Arreola landed 109 of his 521 punches thrown. Arreola appeared to hurt his left arm in round eight, but he fought through the pain.
While he acknowledged he might have lost to Ruiz, Arreola was not very happy with the scorecards.
“A lot of punches he threw were hitting my gloves,” Arreola said. “He never put me in danger. It’s dejecting to not get the respect from the judges that I feel I deserve.
“There’s no moral victory. I came here to beat Andy. He might have beat me, but I felt like he won seven rounds at the most.”
This was Ruiz’s first fight in over 16 months, and according to him, there was some rust.
“I felt a little rust, but I know other fighters can relate to that,” said Ruiz. “If he wants to run it back, we’ll run it back with him.”
We’ll see what happens next with Ruiz. There was talk of a fight with Luis Ortiz, and that would be fun, and there is former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, which would be a big fight, or maybe he gives Arreola a rematch, which probably does not make much sense for Ruiz at this point. There are options for Ruiz, and we’ll see where he goes from here. Regarding Arreola, he was in shape on Saturday night and fought well, and at age 40, a rematch with Ruiz makes a lot of sense for him, but I doubt he gets it.
Overall, while Ruiz-Arreola probably did not belong on pay-per-view, it was well worth it for those who purchased the fight.
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