Andy Ruiz Jr says his added weight was an advantage in Luis Ortiz victory

Andy Ruiz Jr claims that his extra weight helped him to stay on his feet and take victory against Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz.

Former world champion Ruiz came into the fight weighing 268 ¾ pounds (14.3 stone) and was visibly shaken when caught by the left hand power of Ortiz. However, Ruiz nicknamed 'The Destroyer' stood his ground and knocked Ortiz to the canvas on three occasions and took victory despite failing to force a stoppage.

“The main advantage was the weight I put on, he wasn’t able to drop me,” Ruiz said, as quoted by, after receiving the unanimous verdict from the judges after 12 rounds

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“I felt if I was 250 or something (pounds), it would have been a fight of him dropping me and me dropping him. I felt strong and I felt explosive. I was a bit too cautious, he hits hard so I had to be smart."

Ruiz was fighting for the first time in 16 months after beating Chris Arreola again by unanimous decision.

The American previously held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight before losing to Anthony Joshua in 2019, weighing in at 283 ¼ pounds on that occasion.

After his victory, Ruiz said he wants to target winning the WBC heavyweight title currently held by Tyson Fury, but first wants to face Deontay Wilder for all-American heavyweight clash.

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First Wilder is due to fight Robert Helenius next month – a year after losing to Fury. "It's just another step closer to getting that WBC belt that I've always been praying and wishing for," added Ruiz.

"Hopefully he (Wilder) gets his victory on October and we can make this fight happen. He's under Al Haymon (boxing manager) just like me so it's a fight that can be easily made.

"I'm ready, I want to stay busy and go straight to the gym as I didn't feel at my 100 per cent, but we got the victory.


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