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Tactical Andy Ruiz Jr. Outboxes King Kong: What's Next?

Ruiz Jr. dropped Luis Ortiz three times as he called-out Deontay Wilder

Andy Ruiz Jr. looked sensational in his unanimous decision (114-111, 113-112, 114-111) victory over Luis Ortiz last Sunday, taking his opponent to the canvas three times to take the win at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

After the win, Ruiz Jr. challenged Deontay Wilder, who was present in the arena. "The Bronze Bomber" will face Robert Helenius on October 15 in New York.

"If Deontay wins in October, me and him are with the same management and we can make this fight happen," said Ruiz. "Let's get it on. I'm hungry and I want to be champion again and bring that belt back to Mexico. "

With a possible Wilder win over Helenius in October, a fight against Ruiz Jr. would serve to define the next title contender, who would face the winner between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, currently in talks to seal their next bout.

Ruiz Jr. looked great, but could have done more

The truth is that Andy Ruiz Jr. was superior at all times. The Southern Californian looked splendid in the ring. It's no small feat to knock Ortiz down three times the way he did, let alone outbox the veteran in several rounds.

"It was a difficult fight," said Ruiz. "I was waiting for him to load up and countering him when he did. ... Ortiz is a warrior who hits hard. I did a beautiful job boxing him around. I showed more class than I usually do just coming forward."

Ruiz Jr.'s plan was to get in and out, work in circles, and never put the fight at risk, knowing that Ortiz has dynamite in his hands and a mistake could be costly. In the end, the most important thing was to win, and "The Destroyer" did that, although it could have done more.

Ortiz is 11 years older than Ruiz Jr., who is more powerful and faster, currently in the physical and competitive peak of his career. As the fight progressed, "The Destroyer" could have tried to finish a diminished "King Kong", putting on a real show for those who paid for the ticket or purchased the PPV, however, the Southern Californian stuck to his plan and secured the fight.

King Kong, a worthy opponent

At 43 years old, Luis Ortiz proved to be an opponent worthy of a major star fight. Although his best days are behind him, "King Kong" managed to get up after three knockdowns and keep fighting until the final bell.

This was only the fourth time Ortiz had gone to a decision and his first defeat by this method. The Cuban is not used to fighting in deep water and did so against a younger Ruiz Jr.

"Everybody that said 'King Kong' is old, well, I gave you a war today," said Oritz after the fight, "I want a rematch. I was keeping my hands up, so my vision wasn't a problem. Do you think I'm done? You saw a warrior tonight. "

Ortiz was expected to be more aggressive during the fight. The Cuban worked from the outside with the jab, taking advantage of his superior reach. When the Cuban took a risk, he got hurt, and from then on, he put aside his will to knock Ruiz Jr. out.

In the last round, when he had no other choice, we finally saw the Luis Ortiz we were waiting for, the one who went forward looking for the "blow for blow" exchanges. Unfortunately for him, it was too late. There was no way he was going to find the Mexican.