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Luis Ortiz's left eye was virtually swollen shirt after he was hit flush by a brutal punch from Andy Ruiz Jr as the former world heavyweight champion emerged victorious in his first fight in over a year.
Ruiz memorably won the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles in 2019 when he shocked Anthony Joshua after stepping in as a late replacement. He ultimately lost the rematch six months later and has only fought twice since then.
The bout with Ortiz was Ruiz's first since a decision win over Chris Arreola in May 2021 and the 32-year-old scored three knockdowns as he secured the win on points. In the 11th round, Ruiz landed a massive right hand that almost instantly left Ortiz with one eye swollen shut.
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Speaking after the win, Ruiz called for a fight against Deontay Wilder, who is set to make his return next month against Robert Helenius after losing a trilogy bout with Tyson Fury last year. "That's one of the dream fights that I've always had, just like Ortiz," Ruiz said.
"It's just another step closer to getting that WBC belt that I've always been praying and wishing for. 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.
"Anthony Joshua caught me when I didn't see a punch. With Ortiz I was cautious and looking at all the punches where he would hit me so. There was a punch where he got me good, but they all hit hard.
"I feel the advantage of how I took that punch well was because of the weight I had on. I felt strong and explosive, I was a little too cautious because he hits hard so I had to be smart."
Ortiz, meanwhile, rejected suggestions he should retire after the fight, instead calling for a rematch with Ruiz. "I want a rematch," he said. "I was keeping my hands up but the eyes wasn't a problem. After this do you think I'm done? What do the people want?"
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