Andy Ruiz Jr survives the second round knockdown to dominate Chris Arreola and win the comeback fight
Andy Ruiz Jr survives the knockdown in the second round to dominate Chris Arreola and win the California comeback fight by unanimous decision after the Mexican lost more than two stones after losing to Anthony Joshua
- Andy Ruiz defeated Chris Arreola by unanimous points decision on return to the ring
- But former heavyweight world champion had to survive a second round scare
- Mexican hunter was rocked to the temple with his right hand and went downstairs
- But he recovered to counter his way to victory over the American opponent
- Ruiz has lost more than two stones after losing his rematch with Anthony Joshua
Andy Ruiz Jr recovered from an early scare to beat Chris Arreola on his return to the ring in California on Saturday night.
The Mexican won by unanimous decision in his first fight since losing the World Heavyweight Championship to Anthony Joshua in their December 2019 rematch.
But Ruiz appeared to be heading for another major setback when he was forced to one knee after Arreola hit with an overhand right to the temple in the second round.
Andy Ruiz Jr celebrates his unanimous points victory over Chris Arreola on Saturday evening
The former world champion survived a second round scare to comfortably win the match
It was the first time Ruiz (right) had been in the ring since losing his rematch to Anthony Joshua
He survived that moment and took some blows in the third round, including a left hook that hit, before finding his rhythm to eventually win the match comfortably.
Twice Ruiz Arreola rocked with a flush on the shoulder, his American opponent grimacing and shaking his arms to try to restore some feeling.
Ruiz showed his counter-ability and eventually dominated the match, with the judges scoring 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 in his favor.
He looked significantly slimmer than the bulky figure who lost to Joshua, as he blamed his weight gain for too much ‘partying’ and stunned the boxing world by beating the Briton at their first meeting in New York in June 2019.
After being chastised by his defeat to Joshua in the rematch, Ruiz decided to return to form and lost two stones by being led by Eddy Reynoso, the trainer who made Canelo Alvarez the world’s best fighter.
Ruiz takes a hit from Arreola, who caused him significant problems early in the game
Ruiz was rocked to the temple by a right hand in the second round, but recovered to win
He cut out his beloved Snickers, cakes and candies to get back into top shape and it paid off when he got through a tough examination.
Chris is a veteran and a hard puncher. We did what we had to do tonight, ”Ruiz said afterwards.
‘We got the victory we wanted. I was at my lowest point and now I have to go back up the ladder. I am grateful for the win and I am ready to move on to the next.
Ruiz had lost more than two stones since his fight with Joshua as part of a rigorous workout routine
Ruiz described the points win as the first step in what he hopes is a return to the top
‘He got me in the second round with a good clean right hand. I was too confident and let my hand drop a little. Hats off to him.
‘We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched and started to focus on tuning against and working the body.
“I felt a bit of rust and I know other fighters can identify with that.”
The Mexican American was humiliated by Joshua in Saudi Arabia and comfortably off the point
The 31-year-old later admitted all the parties and overeating had cost him in battle