By Brian Webber: Andy Ruiz Jr weighed in at 268 3/4 lbs at Saturday’s weigh-in for his WBC heavyweight eliminator fight against Luis Ortiz on Sunday night on FOX Sports PPV at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles. The 43-year-old Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) weighed in at 245 1/2 pounds. Both fighters looked in excellent shape.
As such, the 32-year-old Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) will enjoy a 23 lb weight advantage and an 11-year youth advantage in the fight. For Ruiz, this is the second consecutive opponent he’s faced that is over 40 years old.
It seems like Ruiz’s management are purposely rebuilding his career by matching him against older fighters to get him an easy title defense that he might not otherwise get if he were matched against younger fighters. Oh well, that’s how boxing is run in 2022.
In the co-feature, lightweight contender Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs) weighed in at 135 lbs for his 12-round fight against Eduardo Ramirez (27-2-3, 12 KOs). Ramirez weighed in at 134 1/2 lbs.
Cruz, 24, has been catching flak for his disinterest in mixing it up with the talented Jose ‘Rayo’ Valenzuela (12-0, 8 KOs), who has repeatedly called him out and is fighting on the undercard of Sunday night’s card.
‘Rayo’ Valenzuela weighed in at 134 1/2 lbs for his 10 round fight against Edwin De Los Santos (14-1, 13 KOs). Santos weighed in at 133 3/4 lbs.
“I want to stay good; I want to stay healthy. I think it was just the eating part,” said Andy Ruiz Jr to Fight Hub TV after the weigh-in on Saturday.
“He [Ortiz] looked good. He’s never been in a fight where he looked bad. He’s always been in shape, and especially him, he always looks good. We don’t know if he’s in shape or out of shape, but you best believe he’s going to bring it on tomorrow.
“You got to take these moments because these moments are not going to last forever. I want to take advantage of these moments. I have nothing against Luis Ortiz. He’s just another fighter trying to get to his dreams, trying to feed his family, and trying to make his money.
“It’s a lot on my mind. That’s exactly what I wanted,” said Ruiz about wanting to be a two-time heavyweight champion. “Every since I’ve been going through all these rollercoasters in my life. I want to be champion again, and I want that WBC belt,” said Ortiz.