Andy Ruiz Jr. survives knockdown, cruises to decision win over Chris Arreola

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - MAY 01: (L-R) Andy Ruiz punches Chris Arreola to a 12 round unanimous decision.

Andy Ruiz punches Chris Arreola throughout their heavyweight battle at Self-respect Health Sports Park on Saturday. Ruiz won by consentaneous choice. (Harry How / Getty Images)

California hosted a boxing card with fans for the very first time considering that the pandemic begun, and the Saturday night program included 2 of Southern California’s home-grown boxing children wanting to restore their professions.

Self-respect Health Sports Park was host to the heavyweight face-off in between previous unified heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz Jr., from Imperial, and three-time world title opposition Chris Arreola, from Riverside. The Mexican American fighters were wanting to polish their existence in the heavyweight photo, simple days prior to Cinco de Mayo, a vacation that is a bit like boxing’s Super Bowl week.

A devoted and disciplined Ruiz reemerged and showed he’s all set, measuring up to his label of “The Destroyer” by beating Arreola by means of consentaneous choice in front of a tough, 33% capability crowd of 3,940.

Ruiz (34-2, 22 knockouts) made it through a rusty and rough start in the 2nd round highlighted by getting tore down, and a 3rd round in which he was significantly wobbled to recuperate and win a rugged affair by ratings of 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.

“When you go down, you just have to climb back up. That’s exactly what I did. I got dropped, but I got up and got the victory,” Ruiz said. “I might have done a lot more. I could not actually discover my range, however a few of that was Arreola doing an excellent job. I might have kept my hands up much better, however I simply require to return in the health club and remain hectic.”

Ruiz landed 161 punches, while Arreola countered with 109, per CompuBox.

Ruiz began the preliminary marching forward, linking with tough rights to the chest of Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs). His blazing hand speed was shown with 35 seconds to go when he landed a tidy right-hand man that captured Arreola on the temple.

Andy Ruiz Jr., right, punches Chris Arreola during their heavyweight fight on Saturday.

Andy Ruiz Jr., right, punches Chris Arreola throughout their heavyweight battle on Saturday. (Harry How / Getty Images)

Andy Ruiz Jr. takes a punch from Chris Arreola during their heavyweight fight on Saturday.

Andy Ruiz Jr. takes a punch from Chris Arreola throughout their heavyweight battle on Saturday. (Harry How / Getty Images)

A more lithe Ruiz was relatively moving into the 2nd round till Arreola stunned him with a right-hand man that skimmed the side of his temple and folded his best knee. Ruiz was up to the canvas half-heartedly, plainly dissatisfied. Obviously he was injured, nevertheless, due to the fact that Arreola discovered more success right after.

Round 3 began resoundingly for Arreola, who rocked Ruiz with another vicious counter left hand that folded his knees.

They quickly began trading and swinging hugely, much to the satisfaction of the fans. Ruiz recuperated and revealed his strength and got Arreola’s attention with a left hook with a minute to go and drew back him down once again.

“I respect the judges, but I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. He might have won, but don’t tell me I only won [one] round,” Arreola said. “A great deal of punches he tossed were striking my gloves. He never ever put me in risk. It’s dejecting to not get the regard from the judges that I feel I be worthy of.”

Ruiz was boxing’s Cinderella story in 2019 when he managed the surprise of the century by knocking out Anthony Joshua to end up being the very first fighter of Mexican descent to record the heavyweight crown.

The distinctions and newly found popularity and cash that came with the life-altering win shown to be excessive for Ruiz, and he quickly deciphered. The currently portly pugilist swelled from 268 pounds to 283 for the rematch simply 6 months later on and lost in a landslide choice.

The humbling defeat was sufficient factor for Ruiz to reassess his future. After a fight with anxiety and increasing to 310 pounds, Ruiz chose to change fitness instructors and handed the secrets to his profession to declared Eddy Reynoso, the highly regarded coach and long-lasting confidant of Canelo Alvarez.

Reynoso showed to be the whisperer and taskmaster the 31-year-old Ruiz required to reanimate his profession, a minimum of for tonight.

Behind on the scorecards early and welts and inflammation establishing under his eyes, Ruiz restored his bearings and recovered momentum in the 4th.

“I felt a little rust and I know other fighters can relate to that. If he wants to run it back, we’ll run it back with him,” Ruiz said. “I got a little overconfident in the early rounds. The most crucial thing was that we returned and got the triumph.”

The feverish rate slowed in the 5th, however Ruiz still was damage-minded, rocking Arreola two times in the last minute with a set of overhand right-hand men.

Ruiz got right where he ended to start the 6th with a three-punch mix. Arreola was starting to get tired. The tiredness appeared to bring into the seventh as Ruiz was the busier fighter and displaying his quick hands and landing tough shots.

Ruiz presented a body attack in the 8th and Arreola merely couldn’t address. By round 9, Arreola’s output had actually diminished.

To Arreola’s credit, he never ever hugged or held or made the battle a careless one. He merely couldn’t leave the shots he was landing in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

Andy Ruiz Jr. has his hand raised by referee Jack Reiss after defeating Chris Arreola on Saturday.

Andy Ruiz Jr. has his hand raised by referee Jack Reiss after beating Chris Arreola on Saturday. (Harry How / Getty Images)

A more client Ruiz began determining his shots more in the 10th as he overdid points on the scorecards. In the 11th, he got the rate a bit more with lead rights and began the 12th wanting to score the knockout with a series of vicious flurries. Arreola consumed all the punches and hardly flinched.

If there was an ethical triumph for Arreola, he never ever got dropped or looked significantly injured. However he simply couldn’t take his brief window to capitalize early in the battle.

“I didn’t take too much punishment. I’m ready to run it back with Andy,” Arreola said. “I was a better fighter than Andy Ruiz expected. This version of Ruiz would knock Joshua out, but I was in great condition and ready for everything he had to offer.”

The 40-year-old Arreola has insisted several times in recent years that his 18-year career is nearing an end. He falls to 3-4-1 with a no contest since 2014, but showed he’s not done.

Meanwhile for Ruiz, he’s a key player again in the heavyweight division. Palatable fights against the likes of Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz or a rematch with Joseph Parker to avenge his other loss could be on the table before he gets another crack at the titles, owned by Tyson Fury and Joshua.

The action between Ruiz and Arreola apparently brought the battle of the fans too. A minimum of 3 enormous brawls broke out in the stands as security haplessly rushed to stop the melees.

The night ended on a more heartfelt note, as both fighters brought their young boys into the ring to share a household minute.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.