Welcome to the biggest boxing card of the weekend, Maniacs! It’s time for heavyweight punching action as California native Andy Ruiz Jr. takes on Cuban ex-pat Luis Ortiz tonight (Sunday, September 4, 2022) from inside the Crypto .com Arena in Los Angeles, California.
There’s also a sneaky big co-main event, as Isaac Cruz takes on Eduardo Ramirez in a WBC Lightweight title eliminator. Tune in tonight (and early Monday for most time zones) at 9 p.m. ET for the start of the map, or around midnight ET for the start of the main event. The card will be streamed live on FITE.tv, as well as the FOX Sports pay-per-view (PPV) app.
MMAmania.com will provide live round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the event below, starting with the undercard fights at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the main card airing at 12 p.m. ET (watch it on FITE.tv here).
Andy Ruiz vs Luis Ortiz quick results:
200+ lbs: Andy Ruiz won. Luis Ortiz—Unanimous decision 114-111, 113-112
135 pounds: Isaac Cruz def. Eduardo Ramirez – KO 2:27, Round 2
130lbs: Abner Mares draws Miguel Flores – 96-94, 95-95 x2
135 pounds: Edwin De Los Santos def. Jose Valenzuela – TKO 1:09, Rd. 2
Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz play-by-play updates:
Over 200 pounds: Andy Ruiz vs. Luis Ortiz
Round 1: Ruiz in blue and yellow for the LA Rams hometown, Ortiz in white with pink and blue butterflies on it. Yes, butterflies. Slow start from both men, which is somewhat predictable. Ruiz with a left hand. Big right-left from Ortiz near the end of the round and Ruiz stumbles back.
Round 2: Ortiz makes his jab work now. OH QUICK 1-2 FROM RUIZ and that hook crushed Ortiz with a knockdown. They do it again and Ortiz goes down! Ortiz retaliates now. He didn’t come out. Ruiz’s right arm. Another, but Ortiz lands a nice left.
Round 3: Ortiz connects with some jabs. Ruiz’s body shot lands cleanly. Nice hook to the body too. Clash of heads here, and the referee scores it for the judges. Tough round to score as not much landed cleanly for either man.
Round 4: Ortiz doesn’t throw much, but still lands that jab. Ruiz doesn’t throw much either. I’m having trouble finding a clean shot of either man here.
Round 5: There’s a right to Ruiz’s ribcage. Ortiz responding to the body. Ortiz lands a pair of rights in between shots from Ruiz.
Round 6: Ortiz backs Ruiz into the corner. Ruiz lands a solid right. One to the intestine. Ortiz throws a knockdown, but it hits the glove. Cut right just looks for Ruiz. Ortiz hits a left.
Round 7: Ortiz with a left in a two-man trade. Ruiz with a pair of rights. The solid right cracks and sends Ortiz back a few steps. Ruiz comes forward and starts to fuss and gets a knockdown with a right! Ortiz looks like he has pretty steady legs.
Round 8: Ortiz keeps stinging. They exchange in the pocket and the two men seem to land as a couple. Ortiz with a combo and gets some traffic in his direction. More jabs from the Cuban. Body shot right next to Ruiz, eats a cross for his troubles. 1-1-2 by Ortiz and that 2 hits to the front.
Round 9: Quick start here as they go wild in the opening seconds and Ruiz lands a solid right. They move forward and Ruiz slides to the canvas, didn’t deem a knockdown. Oddly enough, I think Ortiz slipped a bit in the same spot of the canvas earlier in the fight. Exchange of cries of the two men. The two lands, it seemed. Ruiz with a nice duck under and pivot to get off the ropes. Ortiz connects with his left.
10-9 Ruiz in a very tight round.
Round 10: 1-2 by Ortiz. A powerful piston also lands. Ruiz with a counter left. Jabs from Ortiz. Ruiz tries a right hand, but it seems to hit the chest more than the jaw.
Round 11: Sneaky right hand from Ruiz. Good shot too. Crack Ruiz’s right hand. Ruiz smells blood in the water and he’s fidgeting now. The left connects. Now a right. Ortiz has a cut near his forehead and I think he’s also bleeding from his lip.
Round 12: Ortiz seems to know he needs a knockout to win and he tries. They are both in turmoil. The rights of the two men are separate. Ortiz Shovel Hook. Two lefts for Ortiz. Ruiz counters. More lefts from Ortiz in this round than the other three combined. There are two more.
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