Sources: Ex-champ Ruiz back Sept. 4 vs. Ortiz

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Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz is ready to combat Luis Ortiz on Sept. 4 in Los Angeles, sources instructed ESPN on Saturday.

The combat, which ESPN reported was signed in April, can be a PBC on Fox PPV, sources stated.

The combat can be Ruiz’s first in 15 months, and he’ll enter it with a brand new coach for the second time in two fights. Ruiz is now coaching with Alfredo Osuna after he parted methods with Eddy Reynoso, sources stated. Reynoso is greatest often called the coach of boxing’s high star, Canelo Alvarez.

Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) turned the primary heavyweight champion of Mexican descent when he defeated Anthony Joshua by way of seventh-round TKO in June 2019, in a bout that was named ESPN’s 2019 Upset of the Yr. Six months later, Joshua regained his three heavyweight titles with a unanimous-decision victory over Ruiz in Saudi Arabia.

Ruiz, 32, admitted he was not in form when he fought Joshua within the rematch. He weighed a career-high 283.5 kilos and was torpid throughout the combat, in stark distinction to the primary bout, when he weighed 268 and persistently beat Joshua to the punch along with his lightning-quick arms.

The Southern Californian has fought simply as soon as for the reason that rematch, a Could 2021 resolution win over Chris Arreola. Ruiz weighed 256 kilos for that bout however was surprisingly dropped in Spherical 2 and struggled at occasions throughout the first half earlier than he took management.

Ruiz, ESPN’s No. 5 heavyweight, underwent surgical procedure on his proper knee in August and can now put together for simply his second combat since he misplaced his three titles to Joshua.

Ortiz, ESPN’s No. 8 heavyweight, has twice challenged for the WBC heavyweight title, and each occasions he was knocked out by Deontay Wilder. The 43-year-old was forward on the scorecards within the November 2019 rematch when Wider scored the spectacular KO.

For the reason that setback, Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) has fought twice. The 43-year-old scored a first-round KO of journeyman Alexander Flores earlier than he met Charles Martin on New Yr’s Day 2022.

Ortiz was floored within the opening spherical and once more within the fourth however rallied for a brutal stoppage in Spherical 6.

The winner of Ruiz-Ortiz can be in prime place for an additional heavyweight title shot subsequent yr. Tyson Fury holds one title, whereas Oleksandr Usyk and Joshua will meet in a rematch for 3 belts on Aug. 20 in Saudi Arabia.

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