Andy Ruiz bounces again from a nightmare begin to get the higher of Chris Arreola
In his first battle since losing the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts to previous victim Anthony Joshua in December 2019, Ruiz was anticipated to return to successful methods with a minimal of fuss in opposition to Arreola. However the 40-year-old often called “The Nightmare” definitely made it a nightmare begin for Ruiz.
After taking a jab to the abdomen in spherical two, Arreola responded with a hefty proper hand excessive that pressured Ruiz to drop down to 1 knee.
“He caught me with that good clear proper hand,” Ruiz acknowledged after the bout. “I dropped my guard a bit of bit and I used to be overconfident.”
Ruiz recovered from that shock setback within the second spherical, however virtually suffered one other knockdown within the third, when a thudding left hook wobbled him. The warring Californians traded photographs in a vigorous session, but it was clear that this model of contest was suiting Arreola greater than Ruiz.
Sensing that he could be much better off utilizing his fast palms and intelligent counterpunching abilities relatively than slugging it out, from the fourth body onwards Ruiz bought into his groove. Jabbing, countering and dealing the physique with quick combos, the 31-year-old piled up the factors to in the end declare a large unanimous determination after 12 rounds – 118-109 twice and 117-110.
The sport Arreola’s trigger was not helped by the truth that he injured his left shoulder within the eighth spherical.
“Chris Arreola is a veteran and a hard puncher,” Ruiz mentioned afterwards. “We did what we needed to do and we bought the victory. Bear in mind, I used to be the bottom of the low and I needed to begin once more on the backside of the ladder [after the loss to Joshua]. Now we are able to transfer on to the following one.”
With Eddy Reynoso in his corner – the coach of Canelo Alvarez – and having shed a major quantity of weight, Ruiz finds himself again within the combine for giant fights, although he wouldn’t be averse to sharing a hoop with Arreola once more.
“I felt a bit of rusty however I saved going,” Ruiz defined. “If he desires to run it again then we are able to run it again. We will have Chris Arreola-Andy Ruiz II.”