Live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz is set to face off with Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in a Sunday night heavyweight showdown. With both competitors wielding supreme punching power, this truly is anyone’s fight, and should serve as an entertaining PBC on Fox Pay-Per-View main event.
Mexico’s Andy Ruiz (34-2, 22 KO) had his career defining moment back in 2019 when he dealt Anthony Joshua his first and only TKO loss and became the unified heavyweight champion. Unfortunately, his championship status would not last long, as Joshua won the rematch in a fairly one-sided unanimous decision just six months later. Since the championship rematch, Ruiz has not remained overly active, having no fights in 2020 and just one in 2021, in which he achieved a unanimous decision victory over Chris Arreola.
Coming off a big TKO win over Charles Martin on New Year’s Day 2022, the Cuban sensation Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KO) is looking to continue his winning ways and prove to the world that even at the age of 43, he still has what it takes to compete among the top dogs in the heavyweight division. With 28 stoppages on his winning record, and his only two losses coming from the #3 ranked Deontay Wilder, Ortiz should absolutely still be viewed as a threat to anyone willing to step into the ring with him.
While both high-level fighters will enter the ring with the threat of very real punching power, it is worth pointing out the dynamic differences between the two. Typically speaking, Ruiz has a much more pressure-based system in which he uses his hand speed to systematically break his opponents down. Contrarily, Ortiz has a slower and much more thought-out approach, in which he plans his moves carefully as he waits to unleash a bomb. With these stylistic differences in mind, this matchup has all the makings for a great bout between two heavyweight veterans.
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Paving the way for the heavyweights on this PPV broadcast, will be a lightweight showing between Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (23-2, 16 KO) and Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez (27-2-3, 12 KO) for a secondary WBC title. Most recently, Cruz stopped Yuriorkis Gamboa in a 5-round beat down back in April and is looking to continue his comeback trail following his closely contested decision loss to WBA champion Gervonta Davis.
Ramirez is on a healthy 5-fight win streak, including three stoppages, and plans to use Isaac Cruz as a steppingstone. A win over Cruz would likely catapult Ramirez into the top-10 lightweights in the world and would potentially bring him a few steps closer to once again achieving a shot at a world title.
Here’s the fight card, when and where to watch:
- Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Luis Ortiz; Heavyweights
- Isaac Cruz vs. Eduardo Ramirez; WBC lightweight title eliminator
- Abner Mares vs. Miguel Flores; Super-Featherweights
- Jose Valenzuela vs. Jezreel Corrales; Lightweights
Date: September 4
Time: Undercard 9 p.m. ET, Main event 12 a.m. ET
FOX Sports, Pay-per-view, FITE TV:
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