Andy Ruiz beats Ortiz to decide against heavyweight

Los Angeles (AFP) – Andy Ruiz hit enough big punches on Luis Ortiz to make up for his mistakes and caution in a narrow victory that put him on his way to a chance to become the heavyweight champion again.

He defeated Ruiz Ortiz three times en route to victory by unanimous decision Sunday night.

Former third division world champion Abner Maris also battled for a majority with Miguel Flores returning in Maris from a four-year absence on the bottom card for pay-per-view. Then Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz stopped lightweight Eduardo Ramirez in the second round with two evil knockouts.

In the main event, Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) ruled out a decision over Ortiz (33-3), a two-time world title contender. The 43-year-old Southern California native defeated Ortiz twice in the second round and again in the seventh, but his Cuban opponent fought back with his severely bulging left eye and hit him more accurately during extended periods of relative idle for both fighters.

“I worked really hard for this fight, because I knew he was a warrior and he was hitting hard,” Ruiz said. “I thought I did a nice job of boxing and dealing with his pressure.”

The referees scored the match 114-111, 114-111 and 113-112 for Ruiz. The Associated Press also had Ruiz 114-111, with knockouts that made the difference.