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Ex-Heavyweight Champ Andy Ruiz Victorious in LA Plus Undercard Results

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LOS ANGELES-Swilled in gentlemanly conduct Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz was stymied by Luis “King Kong” Ortiz’s manners more than his blows but used his early knockdowns to build a lead and win by close decision on Sunday.

It was a gentleman’s war that saw Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) show off his power early against Cuba’s Ortiz (33-3, 28 KOs) before an audience of more than 8,000 fans at the Crypto.com Arena on the TGB Promotions card.

Former unified heavyweight world titlist Ruiz displayed the hand speed and power with several knockdowns early in the fight. Since losing the title back to Anthony Joshua, the Southern Californian had only fought once. He was ready for this encounter in a WBC heavyweight elimination fight.

The much taller Ortiz walked into the arena with most of his wins by knockout. Ruiz was aware of that power and used the opening round to feel some of that force. A tentative first round showed very little.

In the second round Ruiz displayed that surprising hand speed and stunned Ortiz with a rocket right through the guard. Then after a pause the roundish Ruiz fired an overhand right and down went Ortiz. It looked to be a finishing blow but Ortiz beat the count and got up. The round continued with both firing blows and Ortiz going down again. The referee counted and Ortiz got up again. If it looked like he was done, but Ortiz reminded Ruiz with a rocket left that he still had power. The round ended.

Ruiz was in control from the third round on and kept the pressure on the taller Cuban veteran. But it was obvious that he had respect for the power. Both fighters began touching gloves at the beginning of each round.

The Marquess of Queensberry would have been proud.

Ortiz used his craftiness to remain dangerous and it kept Ruiz from overwhelming him with his speed. Though Ruiz absorbed many shots his chin was sturdier than Ortiz, but he did not want to risk getting knocked out.

“He’s a warrior, he hits hard,” said Ruiz.

Ortiz began gaining confidence in the seventh round and moving forward. Ruiz faked a right and then fired a right that dropped Ortiz for the third time in the fight. Again, the Cuban heavyweight got up.

From the eighth round on neither fighter was willing to open up. Both had felt each other’s power and did not want to risk running into a big blow. Throughout the remaining rounds it was a chess match and neither was gambling on a lucky shot.

After 12 rounds all three judges scored in favor of Ruiz 113-112, 114-11 twice.

“Everybody was doubting me,” said Ruiz. “It was very difficult. Me countering him and him waiting to load up.”

Till the end both fighters were respectful toward each other.

“It was a war,” said Ortiz. “Boxing is always a little surprise.”

Former WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder was in the audience. He was also respectful to his former foe Ortiz and to the winner Ruiz.

“It was a great fight, a hell of a fight,” Wilder said. “Much love to him.”

Ruiz and Wilder shook hands. The winner on Sunday night hopes they meet soon.

“I do not want to be waiting so long. I’m ready man,” said Ruiz. “I want to be champion again and bring back the championship to Mexico.”

Pitbull Wins

Mexico City’s Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) needed less than two rounds to catch fellow Mexican Eduardo Ramirez (27-3-3, 12 KOs) with one of his big left hooks to end the fight by knockout. The crowd cheered deliriously with Gervonta “Tank” Davis sitting ringside.

Cruz floored a fast-moving Ramirez with a left hook who somehow was able to get up. The fight resumed with Cruz in fast pursuit and Ramirez still dazed. Cruz connected with a left hook and right and down went the southpaw Mexican for good. Referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 2:27 of the second round.

Davis watched the end and the crowd booed as his image was shown on the giant screen. The crowd chanted “We want tank.!”

“If the people want another fight with the champion, lets go,” said Cruz who picked up a WBC Continental Americas belt with the win.

Other Bouts

Former champion Abner Mares’ return to the prize ring was stymied by Miguel Flores whose youth and energy allowed him to wear down the three-time division world titlist who returned after a four-year absence and fight to a majority draw.

Mares shook off the rust but an action-packed second round seemed to deflate Mares who had not fought since June 2018 when he fought Leo Santa Cruz in the same arena. This time Mares managed a majority draw instead of a loss that he suffered to Santa Cruz.

One judge scored it 96-94 but two others saw it 95-95.

Lefty versus lefty is always dangerous for either fighter as Edwin De Los Santos (15-1, 14 KOs) exchanged knockdowns with Jose “Rayo” Valenzuela (12-1, 8 KOs) before finally ending the fight by stoppage in the lightweight clash.

Dominican Republic’s De Los Santos hurt Mexico’s Valenzuela early with right hooks, the usual potent weapon against a southpaw. It worked in hurting Valenzuela early in the first round. In the second round De Los Santos hurt Valenzuela again but was caught with a short left and down he went. He got up and connected with a combination that sent Valenzuela down. But he continued punching as his foe was down and was deducted a point for the infraction.

Valenzuela sought to regain the momentum but was caught by a counter left and down he went. The tall lightweight beat the count, but on unsteady legs and was met with a left cross and right hook. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:08 of the third round. De Los Santos becomes the WBC Continental Americas titlist.

A super welterweight match between undefeated fighters saw Joey Spencer (16-0, 10 KOs) emerge with a unanimous decision after 10 rounds against Mexico’s Kevin Salgado (14-1-1, 9 KOs). Neither fighter offered much offensive display in a lackluster fight that fans booed sporadically.

Though it seemed Salgado was the more aggressive, neither fighter seemed inclined to take a chance. Spencer was especially defensive with his shoulder roll and counter-punching style. Two judges scored it 99-91 and another 100-90.

Very unentertaining fight.

Michigan’s Ra’eese Aleem (20-0, 12 KOs) proved too quick and agile for Philippine’s Mike Plania (26-2, 13 KOs) and walked away with a dominant unanimous decision victory after 10 rounds in a super bantamweight contest.

“The fight was everything that I expected. He’s a very tough fighter and a great competitor. I just wanted to fight a smart fight, because we know he’s dangerous. Although I didn’t feel his power, I know that he can hit. I just wanted to take my time and let everything fall into place,” said Aleem.

Aleem floored Plania in the second round with a quick burst combination that sent Plania reeling back where the ropes held him up. Referee Ray Corona correctly ruled it a knockdown. After that knockdown, Plania never could step on the gas nor figure out the jitterbug style of Aleem.

Though it seemed Aleem was the quicker athlete, he was satisfied with a hit and move style in simply out-pointing the Filipino fighter over 10 rounds. All three judges scored the same 100-89 for Aleem.

Is Aleem ready for champion Stephen Fulton?

“It’s time for ‘scared boy’ Stephen Fulton Jr. to come out of hiding and sign the contract. Let’s get in there so I can give him his first loss. It would be a closer fight than tonight, but I still expect to dominate and get the win,” said Aleem.

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Mercito Gesta Victorious Over Jojo Diaz at the Long Beach Pyramid

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LONG BEACH, CA.-Those in the know knew Mercito Gesta and Jojo Diaz would be a fight to watch and they delivered.

Gesta emerged the winner in a super lightweight clash between southpaws that saw the judges favor his busier style over Diaz’s body attack and bigger shots and win by split decision on Saturday.

Despite losing the main event because the star was overweight, Gesta (34-3-3, 17 KOs) used an outside method of tactic to edge past former world champion Diaz (32-4-1, 15 KOs) in front of more than 5,000 fans at the Pyramid.

The speedy Gesta opened up the fight with combination punching up and down against the peek-a-boo style of Diaz. For the first two rounds the San Diego fighter overwhelmed Diaz though none of the blows were impactful.

In the third round Diaz finally began unloading his own combinations and displaying the fast hands that helped him win world titles in two divisions. Gesta seemed stunned by the blows, but his chin held up. The counter right hook was Diaz’s best weapon and snapped Gesta’s head back several times.

Gesta regained control in the fifth round after absorbing big blows from Diaz. He seemed to get angry that he was hurt and opened up with even more blows to send Diaz backpedaling.

Diaz targeted his attack to Gesta’s body and that seemed to slow down Gesta. But only for a round.

From the seventh until the 10th each fighter tried to impose their style with Gesta opening up with fast flurries and Diaz using right hooks to connect with solid shots. They continued their method of attack until the final bell. All that mattered was what the judges preferred.

After 10 rounds one judge saw Diaz the winner 97-93 but two others saw Gesta the winner 99-91, 98-92. It was a close and interesting fight.

“I was expecting nothing. I was the victor in this fight and we gave a good fight,” said Gesta. “It’s not an easy fight and Jojo gave his best.”

Diaz was surprised by the outcome but accepted the verdict.

Everything was going good. I thought I was landing good body shots,” said Diaz. “I was pretty comfortable.”

Other Bouts

Mexico’s Oscar Duarte (25-1-1, 20 KOs) knocked out Chicago’s Alex Martin (18-5, 6 KOs) with a counter right hand after dropping him earlier in the fourth round. The super lightweight fight was stopped at 1:14 of the round.

A battle between undefeated super welterweights saw Florida’s Eric Tudor (8-0, 6 KOs) emerge the winner by unanimous decision after eight rounds versus Oakland’s Damoni Cato-Cain.

The taller Tudor showed polished skill and was not bothered by a large cut on his forehead caused by an accidental clash of heads. He used his jab and lead rights to defuse the attacks of the quick-fisted southpaw Cato-Cain. The judges scored the fight 80-72 and 78-74 twice for Tudor.

San Diego’s Jorge Chavez (5-0, 4 KOs) needed less than one round to figure out Nicaragua’s Bryan Perez (12-17-1, 11 KOs) and send him into dreamland with a three-punch combination. No need to count as referee Ray Corona waved the fight over. Perez shot a vicious right followed by another right and then a see-you-later left hook at 3.00 of the first round of the super featherweight match.

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Jojo Diaz’s Slump Continues; Mercito Gesta Prevails on a Split Decision

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At age 30, Jojo Diaz’s career is on the skids. The 2012 U.S. Olympian, a former world title holder at 126 and 130 pounds and an interim title holder at 135, Diaz suffered his third straight loss tonight, upset by Mercito Gesta who won a split decision at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, CA.. The scoring was strange with Gesta winning nine of the 10 rounds on one of the cards and only three rounds on another. The tie-breaker, as it were, was a 98-92 tally for Gesta and even that didn’t capture the flavor of what was a closely-contested fight.

Originally listed as a 12-rounder, the match was reduced to 10 and that, it turned out, did Diaz no favors. However, it’s hard to feel sorry for the former Olympian as he came in overweight once again, having lost his 130-pound title on the scales in February of 2021.

Diaz also has issues outside the ropes. Best elucidated by prominent boxing writer Jake Donovan, they include a cluster of legal problems stemming from an arrest for drunk driving on Feb. 27 in the LA suburb of Claremont.

With the defeat, Diaz’s ledger declined to 32-4-1. His prior losses came at the hands of Gary Russell Jr, Devin Haney, and William Zepeda, boxers who are collectively 83-2. Mercito Gesta, a 35-year-old San Diego-based Filipino, improved to 34-3-3.

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Chihuahua, Mexico super lightweight Oscar Duarte has now won nine straight inside the distance after stopping 33-year-old Chicago southpaw Alex Martin in the eighth frame. Duarte, the busier fighter, had Martin on the deck twice in round eight before the fight was waived off.

Duarte improved to 25-1-1 (20). Martin, who reportedly won six national titles as an amateur and was once looked upon as a promising prospect, declined to 18-5.

Other Bouts of Note

New Golden Boy signee Eric Tudor, a 21-year-old super welterweight from Fort Lauderdale, overcame a bad laceration over his right eye, the result of an accidental clash of heads in round four, to stay unbeaten, advancing to 8-0 (6) with a hard-fought unanimous 8-round decision over Oakland’s Damoni Cato-Cain. The judges had it 80-72 and 78-74 twice. It was the first pro loss for Cato-Cain (7-1-1) who had his first five fights in Tijuana.

In the DAZN opener, lanky Hawaian lightweight Dalis Kaleiopu went the distance for the first time in his young career, improving to 4-0 (3) with a unanimous decision over 36-year-old Colombian trial horse Jonathan Perez (40-35). The scores were 60-52 across the board. There were no knockdowns, but Perez, who gave up almost six inches in height, had a point deducted for a rabbit punch and another point for deducted for holding.

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‘Big Baby’ Wins the Battle of Behemoths; TKOs ‘Big Daddy’ in 6

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Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne weighed in at a career-high 277 pounds for today’s battle in Dubai with Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, but he was the lighter man by 56 pounds. It figured that one or both would gas out if the bout lasted more than a few stanzas.

It was a war of attrition with both men looking exhausted at times, and when the end came it was Miller, at age 34 the younger man by nine years, who had his hand raised.

Browne was the busier man, but Miller, whose physique invites comparison with a rhinoceros, hardly blinked as he was tattooed with an assortment of punches. He hurt ‘Bid Daddy’ in round four, but the Aussie held his own in the next frame, perhaps even forging ahead on the cards, but only postponing the inevitable.

In round six, a succession of right hands knocked Browne on the seat of his pants. He beat the count, but another barrage from Miller impelled the referee to intervene. The official time was 2:33. It was the 21st straight win for Miller (26-0-1, 22 KOs). Browne declined to 31-4 and, for his own sake, ought not fight again. All four of his losses have come inside the distance, some brutally.

The consensus of those that caught the livestream was that Floyd Mayweather Jr’s commentary was an annoying distraction that marred what was otherwise an entertaining show.

As for what’s next for “Big Baby” Miller, that’s hard to decipher as he has burned his bridges with the sport’s most powerful promoters. One possibility is Mahmoud Charr who, like Miller, has a big gap in his boxing timeline. Now 38 years old, Charr – who has a tenuous claim on a WBA world title (don’t we all?) —  has reportedly taken up residence in Dubai.

Other Bouts of Note

In a 10-round cruiserweight affair, Suslan Asbarov, a 30-year-old Russian, advanced to 4-0 (1) with a hard-fought majority decision over Brandon Glanton. The judges had it 98-92, 97-93, and a more reasonable 95-95.

Asbarov was 12-9 in documented amateur fights and 1-0 in a sanctioned bare-knuckle fight, all in Moscow, entering this match. He bears watching, however, as Glanton (18-2) would be a tough out for almost anyone in his weight class. In his previous fight, at Plant City, Florida, Glanton lost a controversial decision to David Light, an undefeated Australian who challenges WBO world title-holder Lawrence Okolie at Manchester, England next week.

A 10-round super featherweight match between former world title challengers Jono Carroll and Miguel Marriaga preceded the semi-windup. Carroll, a 30-year-old Dublin southpaw, overcame a cut over his left eye suffered in the second round to win a wide unanimous decision in a fairly entertaining fight.

It was the sixth straight win for Carroll (24-2-1, 7 KOs) who elevated his game after serving as a sparring partner for Devin Haney. Marriaga, a 36-year-old Colombian, lost for the fourth time in his last five outings, declining to 30-7.

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