Andy Ruiz Jr (34-2, 22 KOs) shook off the ring rust on Saturday evening from a protracted layoff to defeat the all the time powerful Chris Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) by a 12 spherical unanimous resolution in a WBA heavyweight title eliminator in entrance of a reside crowd on the Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
The 2 heavyweights battled it out in the primary occasion on FOX Sports activities PBC pay-per-view in a throwback combat that regarded like one thing out of the early Nineteen Eighties slightly than on this period with large heavyweights.
The Ruiz vs. Arreola combat was purely entertaining from begin to end.
It wasn’t an ideal efficiency from the 31-year-old former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz, as he was knocked down within the second spherical by a proper hand from the 40-year-old former two-time world title challenger Arreola.
Ruiz left himself open after throwing one in all his broad hooks, and Arreola took benefit of it by coming excessive with a proper hand that put the previous three-belt champion down.
It regarded like Ruiz was on his option to getting knocked out when he was harm by Arreola within the second and buzzed once more within the third.
Arreola stopped countering Ruiz after the third, and the combat grew to become one-sided in favor of ‘The Destroyer’ from that time on.
Arreola had an arm harm that was bothering him down the stretch and appeared to stop him from utilizing his left. Ruiz was nonetheless unable to harm Arreola and end him off how Deontay Wilder and Vitali Klitschko had performed previously.
Whether or not that’s an indication that Ruiz lacks punching energy to compete on the highest stage in opposition to fighters with a chin or whether or not it’s a sign that he misplaced energy because of his weight reduction program, it’s unknown.
It’s most likely extra of a case of Ruiz by no means actually being an enormous puncher, to start with. His previous promoter Bob Arum mentioned he was by no means an enormous puncher, and that’s why he was stunned that he knocked out Anthony Joshua of their first combat in June 2019 in New York.
The positives from Ruiz’s efficiency tonight
Glorious Canelo-esque head and higher physique motion
Sticking to the sport plan
The negatives from Ruiz’s efficiency
Energy not spectacular
Punch resistance marginal
Predictable punch selection
Lack of ability to chop off the ring
It was efficiency, Ruiz, however not the kind that means that he would beat a strong heavyweight like Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte, Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce, or Luis Ortiz.
You bought to think about that Whyte is licking his chops proper now, considering that he wish to combat Ruiz to reap the benefits of all the failings Arreola uncovered.
With the win tonight, Ruiz is now the obligatory challenger to WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Hopefully, Ruiz doesn’t select to play it protected from this level on till he will get his mandated title shot in 2022 or 2023. Ruiz most likely gained’t wish to tackle somebody harmful like Wilder, Luis Ortiz, or Dillian Whyte and probably lose his WBA obligatory place as a result of he’s acquired a assured payday. All he has to do is wait.
For Ruiz to have a greater probability in opposition to Joshua or Tyson Fury, he’s going to want to maintain preventing, ideally higher opposition than 40-year-old Arreola.
If Ruiz is nearly as good as some boxing followers suppose he’s, he ought to beat higher heavyweights than Arreola.
Nonetheless, it was awfully troubling to see Ruiz getting knocked down within the second and harm within the third as nicely by Arreola. It stands to cause that if Arreola had been ready to do that to Ruiz, would heavyweight do to him if given an opportunity?
That’s a query that looms. It’s additionally one which Ruiz’s promoters might want to ponder once they sit all the way down to determine who he ought to combat subsequent. In the event that they decide the fallacious man, it may very well be sport over for the Ruiz.