Andy Ruiz Jr survives second round knockdown to dominate Chris Arreola and win comeback fight in California by unanimous decision after Mexican shed over two stone following loss to Anthony Joshua
- Andy Ruiz beat Chris Arreola by unanimous points decision on return to the ring
- But former world heavyweight champion had to survive a second round scare
- Mexican fighter was rocked by a right hand to the temple and went down
- But he recovered to counter-punch his way to victory over American opponent
- Ruiz has lost over two stone after losing his rematch with Anthony Joshua
The Mexican won by unanimous decision in his first fight since losing the world heavyweight championships to Anthony Joshua in their December 2019 rematch.
But Ruiz looked to be heading for another major setback when he was forced onto one knee after Arreola connected with an overhand right to the temple in the second round.
Andy Ruiz Jr celebrates his unanimous points win over Chris Arreola on Saturday night
The former world champion survived a second round scare to win the contest comfortably
It was the first time Ruiz (right) had been in the ring since losing his Anthony Joshua rematch
He survived that moment and a number of blows taken in the third round, including a left hook that connected, before finding his rhythm to ultimately win the bout comfortably.
Twice Ruiz rocked Arreola with a flush shot to the shoulder, his American opponent grimacing and shaking out his arms to try and restore some feeling.
Ruiz showed his counter punching ability and in the end was dominating the contest, with the judges scoring it 117-110, 118-109, 118-109 in his favour.
He looked considerably trimmer than the bulky figure that lost to Joshua, having blamed his weight gain on too much ‘partying’ having stunned the boxing world by beating the Briton in their first meeting in New York in June 2019.
Having been chastened by his defeat to Joshua in the rematch, Ruiz resolved to return to shape and lost two stone working under Eddy Reynoso, the trainer who moulded Canelo Alvarez into the world’s finest fighter.
Ruiz takes a punch from Arreola, who caused him considerable problems early in the contest
Ruiz was rocked in the second round by a right hand to the temple but recovered to win
He cut out his beloved Snickers, cakes and sweets to get back into peak condition and it paid dividends as he came 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 that we wanted. I was at my lowest point and now I have to climb the ladder again. I’m thankful for the victory and I’m ready to move on to the next.
Ruiz had shed over two stone since his fight with Joshua as part of a rigorous training routine
Ruiz described the win on points as the first step in what he hopes is a return to the top
‘He got me with a good clean right hand in the second round. I was too over-confident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him.
‘We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched up and started focusing on counter-punching and working the body.
‘I felt a little rust and I know other fighters can relate to that.’
The Mexican-American was humbled by Joshua in Saudi Arabia and comfortably outpointed
The 31-year-old later admitted all the parties and over-eating had cost him in the fight