There are few things that fire up the imagination of longtime fight fans like a heavyweight main event. That’s exactly what is on tap for a rare Sunday night pay-per-view when former world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. battles multi-time former world title challenger Luis Ortiz.
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Ruiz is looking to continue a run back at a world title shot after losing the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua in a rematch of their 2019 clash that saw Ruiz score one of the biggest upsets in world title history when he knocked Joshua out. Ortiz, meanwhile, twice was knocked out by former WBC champion Deontay WIlder in world title bouts.
Also on the card, Isaac Cruz battles Eduardo Ramirez for a secondary lightweight title, former multi-division world champion Abner Mares returns to the ring for the first time since 2018 when he battles Miguel Flores, and intriguing lightweight prospect Jose Valenzuela takes on Edwin de los Santos.
The action begins at 9 p.m. ET live on Fox PPV. CBS Sports will be with you throughout the event in Los Angeles, so be sure to follow along with the live results and highlights below.
The former unified champion Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) has done a good job of whipping himself into top shape for this fight.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live updates below of tonight’s action.
- In a surprise upset, lightweight Edwin De Los Santos (15-1, 14 KO’s) scored a third round knockout over heavily favored Jose ‘El Rayo’ Valenzuela (12-1, 8 KOs). In the second round, both De Los Santos and Valenzuela were down from heavy shots. Valenzuela dropped De Los Santos for the first knockdown. Later in the round, De Los Santos sent Valenzeula down. The way Valenzeula looked at the end of the second round, he would have needed a miracle to recover in between rounds. Sure enough, De Los Santos knocked Valenzuela down in the third round. Although Valenzuela got back to his feet, he was battered by De Los Santos, prompting the referee to step in and halt the contest. The time of the stoppage was 1:08 of round three.
- Super bantamweight Ra’eese Aleem (20-0, 12 KO’s) defeated Mike Plania (26-2, 13 KO’s) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision. The scores were 100-89, 100-89, and 100-89. Aleem dropped Plania in the second round.
- Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (29-3-1, 26 KOs) got back to his winning ways, stopping Devin Vargas (22-8, 9 KOs) in the fourth round.