Andy Ruiz Beats Ex Champ Liakhovich

Saturday, December 20 , Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix,Arizona.

Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate UniMas broadcast (11 pm et, 11 pm pt).

World-ranked unbeaten Mexican heavyweight contender Andy ‘Destroyer’ Ruiz of Mexicali won a 10-round unanimous decision over  former champion Sergei Liakhovich. Also, two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez stopped  Jean Sotelo of Colombia in the fifth round.

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

The fight was a real yawner and an indicator that Ruiz, while talented, must a considerable amount of weight and train harder than ever if he is to be taken seriously. He constantly says things like "This is how I am built" when reference is made to his beachball-like body. That's a crock and he knows it. The late James Broad used to say the same thing when critics attacked him about constantly being out of shape. So did Tony Tubbs. And Greg Page. So did the most talented name about to be mentioned: James Toney. Overweight fighters are that way, not from lack of training, but from A) over-eating and also from B) eating the wrong food. Andy Ruiz has plenty of boxing talent. However, Sergei Liakhovich exposed a glaring weakness in Ruiz. That weakness is lack of prime conditioning. As the fight wore on, and as Liakhovich began to tire and lean on his meaty, blubbery opponent, Ruiz tired right back. Instead of punching each other, then took turns grabbing, mauling, leaning, hugging, clinching and gasping on each other. Liakhovich is at the end of his career. There are no more championships left in his career, not even more championship fights. Not so for Ruiz. However, this win was a major step backwards for him. Had he come out and dispatched of Liakhovich in the manner Deontay Wilder did in 2013, when he left the Russian convulsing on the canvas, Ruiz might have put himself in line to face a rated opponent later this Winter in a title fight eliminator. Now, with his huffing and puffing his way to a unanimous decision over a shot fighter, Ruiz has delayed his flight to "Titletown, USA." Get back to the gym, Andy, and away from the breakfast, lunch and dinner tables. Keep away from those snacks, which it looks like you are devouring as if you have a job as a food taster!tester. If you want to be a figher, live like one. Train like one. But, if you want to eat, I have a feeling you can be a very successful competitor in eating competitions. In that case, you have plenty of time to get ready for the "Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Championship" on July 4, 2015. Beating Joey Chestnut's 69 hot dogs in 12 minutes is gonna' take quite an effort, but I just know you can do it! Fight or overeat. You can't do both. -Randy G.


-New York Tony :

I like Ruiz - the speed and the hard hitting. He didn't do well Saturday, despite winning, but he's been more impressive than not. Let's see how he does against better opposition. Is he too fat? I think "blubbery" is the word we're all looking for. But he wouldn't be the first heavy heavyweight to make a name for himself. Think of Two-Ton Tony Galento, for instance, who was as rough and tumble as they come.


-The Commish :

I like Ruiz - the speed and the hard hitting. He didn't do well Saturday, despite winning, but he's been more impressive than not. Let's see how he does against better opposition. Is he too fat? I think "blubbery" is the word we're all looking for. But he wouldn't be the first heavy heavyweight to make a name for himself. Think of Two-Ton Tony Galento, for instance, who was as rough and tumble as they come.
I, too, like Ruiz. Like Tony Galento and Ron Stander, he's fun to watch. However, unlike them, he can really box, not just stand there and be a barroom brawler. However, realistically, he is going to have to get that blubbery arse in shape before we can seriously think of him getting in with, and beating, a solid top-10 heavyweight. Ruiz has tried before, taking himself of of action around a year ago, saying he was going to physically change his appearance. Well, that didn't happen. He came back looking like the same 'ol Andy Ruiz. I think he now realizes what he has to do to go from being a fringe contender to being a serious championship contender. Let's see if he does what he has to do. When he next steps in the ring, if he looks like the Andy Ruiz we have become used to seeing, we'll know where his boxing future is at. If he looks much different, we'll still know where his boxing Future is. Two different scenarios, two different paths. Which one will Andy Ruiz choose? -Randy G.


-Gabrielito :

I love watching Ruiz fight and was happy for him as his weight came down with each appearance...until this year. His last two fights are not what fans want to see .