Andy Ruiz gave his credit to Chris arreola for the right hand that sent him to the canvas in the second round and with which he had to come from behind to win by unanimous decision in the Dignity Health Sports Park.
“He caught me with a very clean forehand in the second round,” confessed the former world champion at the end of the contest. “I was a bit confident and lowered my hand a bit. I take my hat off. We kept pushing and pushing. I changed and started to focus on kicking back and working on the body ”.
After that blow that sent him to the canvas and put him in serious trouble, Andy it was managed to recover and ended up taking the victory by unanimous decision by cards of 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.
“When you get off the mat, you have to get up stronger,” he said. “It was a strong fight, he had a good grip on me. I didn’t feel super hurt. I have to come back better for my next fight. I couldn’t find my distance, Arreola did his job ”.
In his first confrontation with Anthony Joshua, also Andy he visited the canvas in the first rounds, but managed to come out ahead to win the world titles.
“Chris is a veteran and hits very hard,” he considered Ruiz. “We did what we had to do tonight. We got the victory we wanted. I was at the lowest point and now you have to climb again. I am grateful for the victory and I am ready to make my next move.
Despite the problems he had Andy Ruiz, as the fight progressed, he felt better physically and threw more blows than Arreola, plus it was more accurate.
“I felt a little rusty and I know other fighters can relate to that,” he said. “If he wants a rematch, then we will go against him.”
For this fight he came with 30 pounds less, weighing 256 pounds, to what he scored in his last fight against Anthony Joshua, when he stopped the scale at 283 pounds.
“I have to keep working, I have to go back to the gym and keep working,” he mentioned. Andy. “Arreola was a great rival. When you fall, you have to get up and pray to God. I got up to win.