In his first match in 17 months after losing the Combined Heavyweight Championship, Andy Ruiz Jr. advanced to Chris Areola, a slim fall, widely ahead of Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View Card main event. .
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) relied on Ariola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) for his speed, performance and sharp combinations at the unanimous decision of head coach (and Canolo Alvarez architect) Eddie Rhinos in his first camp. (117-110, 118-109, 118-109) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. CBS Sports scored 118-109 for Ruiz.
Following Anthony Joshua’s 2019 grievance to claim three of the four recognized heavyweight titles, Ruiz lifted weights later that year and lost a lifeless end. After entering this training camp for 310 pounds, the 31-year-old made a trim appearance after weighing 258, and has never stopped being an aggressor over 12 rounds.
“Sirius Ariola is a senior and tough puncher. We did what we had to do, we won, but I’m the least of the few, remember that I had to come back,” Ruiz said. “We did what we had to do. Thank God we got this win. Next.”
Ariola, 40, has successfully challenged for titles on four occasions, making some incredible play in an incredible setback in Round 2 when he dropped a small right-handed Ruiz. As the unpredictability of heavyweight boxing came to the fore, Areola injured Ruiz for the second time and once for the 3rd round.
“He got me with a nice, clean right hand,” Ruiz said. “I let go of my hand a little bit. I was very confident. I gave the hats to Chris Areola. He gave me a good one. But we kept going and we won.”
For Ruiz’s arrival, he fought well when he was injured and was dangerous. Ariola, who weighed in at 228 pounds in his first camp with coach Joe Cousin, was irresponsible by going to the knockout and was too impatient to continue over.
However, what Ariola is moving forward is that he did not throw enough punches in the second half of the fight. Despite being competitive, he opened the door for Ruiz to target rounds and body rounds due to his performance and brilliant boxing.
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Ariola, who struggled with a left shoulder injury in the second half of the fight, did not please the judges’ scores, although it was accurate from a round-the-corner standpoint and did not tell the full story of the fight.
“I respect the judges and I always say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” Ariola said. “Did he win? Good. But to not give me rounds anymore, I have to be like Dr. Trey, ‘You can suck my mom — ing d —.’
“In all honesty, we can run this again. Look at me, look at my face. I’m still fine.”
In the final third of the fight Ruiz sat on his punches and appeared to shake Ariola with a steady stream of three punch combinations.
Overall, Ruiz outscored his opponent by a margin of 161 to 109, with a combined 45% of power shots combined, according to Compubox.
“I felt a little polar and I knew other fighters could relate to it,” Ruiz said. “We did what we had to do, we had the success of counteracting the punch and making the body to slow him down a little bit. If he wants to run it again, we can run it again. Review Chris Areola-Andy Ruiz and run it here if the advertiser wants.”
CBS Sports was with you the whole way on Saturday, so keep up with the live results and highlights below.
Fight card, results
- Andy Ruiz Jr. Def. Chris Areola by consensus (117-110, 118-109, 118-109)
- Abel Ramos Def. Omar Fikiurova via sixth round TKO (corner stop)
- Sebastian Fundora Def. George Kota via fourth round TKO
- Jesus Ramos Jr. Def. Javier Molina by consensus (97-92, 99-90, 99-90)
Ruiz vs. Ariola Scorecard, Live Coverage
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