Former unified heavyweight champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. and prime contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will meet in a much-anticipated 12-round WBC Heavyweight Title Eliminator headlining a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View on September 4 in a Labor Day Weekend conflict from Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles.
The pay-per-view telecast will start at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and have a stacked lineup of rising and completed stars in high-stakes matchups. Within the co-main occasion, hard-hitting Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz will step in to tackle fellow Mexican and veteran contender Eduardo Ramírez in a 12-round WBC Light-weight Title Eliminator within the co-main occasion.
The motion may even see the return of in style three-division champion Abner Mares in his first motion in three years as he battles former title challenger Miguel Flores in a 10-round tremendous featherweight attraction, plus thrilling rising star José Valenzuela duels former world champion Jezreel Corrales within the 10-round light-weight pay-per-view opener.
Tickets for the stay occasion, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. PT and may be bought on-line at AXS.com
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) shocked the boxing world in 2019 when he was introduced in as a late substitute to face heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and turned the tables on the champion, knocking him out within the seventh spherical and taking residence the titles. The 32-year-old from Imperial, California misplaced his rematch with Joshua by unanimous determination, however returned to the ring in Might 2021, bouncing again from an early knockdown to defeat all-action contender Chris Arreola by unanimous determination in a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View. Ruiz has taken down a slew of contenders all through his heralded profession, which dates again to a prolific newbie run that included two Mexican Novice Nationwide Championships.
With distinctive energy and stylish technical expertise, Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs) has been a fixture atop heavyweight rankings for years, together with his solely defeats coming in memorable contests in opposition to former longtime heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Born in Camaguey, Cuba and educated by longtime coach Herman Caicedo in Miami, Ortiz gained three bouts between Wilder contests, defeating Travis Kauffman, Christian Hammer and Razvan Cojanu. Most not too long ago, Ortiz topped a FOX Sports activities PBC Pay-Per-View on New Yr’s Day, recovering from early adversity to flooring former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin on his strategy to a sixth-round knockout.
The 24-year-old Cruz (23-2-1, 16 KOs) returned to the ring in April with a knockout over former champion Yuriorkis Gamboa after dropping a aggressive determination in opposition to three-division champion Gervonta Davis final December. A local of Mexico Metropolis, Cruz shot up the light-weight rankings in 2020, saying his presence with an electrifying first-round knockout over veteran Diego Magdaleno in October. Cruz adopted that up in 2021 by successful a unanimous determination over beforehand unbeaten Matías Romero in March and by defeating former champion Francisco Vargas by determination in June forward of the Davis conflict.
“I’m very pleased and motivated to come back again within the ring in entrance of the nice followers in Los Angeles on September 4,” stated Cruz. “I’ll be going through an excellent opponent and I’ll be again on the similar enviornment the place I confronted top-of-the-line fighters within the division in Gervonta Davis. Stepping again into the ring there’s pumping me up much more and I can’t wait to start out throwing my arms on combat night time.”
Preventing out of Sinaloa, Mexico, Ramírez (27-2-3, 12 KOs) has moved himself into title competition with five-straight victories as he seems to make a splash in his light-weight debut in opposition to Cruz. The 29-year-old most not too long ago earned a choice victory over Luis Melendez in Might, which adopted up a dominant determination in opposition to Miguel Marriaga in December 2021. Ramírez is presently driving wins in seven of his final eight fights since shedding to then featherweight champion Lee Selby in 2017.
“I’m arising in weight for this combat, however that simply means I’ll be that a lot stronger,” stated Ramírez. “I’m excited for this chance, as a result of after I win, I will likely be acknowledged as a prime fighter in my new division. He’s not going to outbox me and he can’t knock me out, so he has no strategy to win. I’m planning on exhibiting the world what I can do in opposition to an ideal opponent for me.”
One of the crucial completed fighters of this period, Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) will return to the ring in a bid to proceed including to his already sterling resume within the sport. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and now dwelling in Montebello, Calif., Mares was a member of the Mexican Olympic boxing group within the 2004 Athens Olympics earlier than occurring to win world titles at bantamweight, tremendous bantamweight and featherweight. His two battles for the featherweight world title in opposition to Leo Santa Cruz epitomized the sorts of high-volume clashes that set Mares other than lots of his contemporaries. All through his profession, Mares owns victories over prime contenders and champions together with Daniel Ponce De Leon, Vic Darchinyan, Joseph Agbeko, Anselmo Moreno and Jesus Cuellar.
“I do know everyone seems to be used to seeing me suited and booted on T.V. speaking in regards to the lovely sport of boxing, however let me remind everybody, I’m a nasty m-f’er within the ring, and on September 4, the world goes to recollect what they missed,” stated Mares. “I’m the very best in boxing in velocity, energy, intelligence, and attractiveness. Miguel Flores is on my radar, and I’m sorry to say, he’s going again to elementary college after assembly me. I’m a grasp on this recreation, and I’m again. Welcome to Crew Mares 2022.”
Flores (24-4, 12 KOs) bounced again from back-to-back defeats in his earlier outing that passed off final June, as he earned a choice over Diuhl Olguin. The 29-year-old had misplaced a pair of contests in difficult four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in November 2019 and prime contender Eduardo Ramirez in December 2020. Born in Mexico and now residing in Spring, Texas, Flores turned professional in 2009 at simply 17-years-old and was victorious in his first 22 bouts.
“I’m very motivated to be on the massive stage as soon as once more and I’m excited to get into the ring,” stated Flores. “It is a enormous alternative for me in opposition to a three-division champion and I’m doing every part I can to take advantage of it. That is Michoacán vs. Guadalajara and we’re going to provide all of the followers a terrific present on September 4.”
The 23-year-old Valenzuela (12-0, 8 KOs) trains as a stablemate of unbeaten two-time world champion David Benavidez as he seems to proceed cementing his contender standing in 2022. Valenzuela was sensational his final time within the ring as he blasted out former world champion Francisco Vargas by way of a round-one knockout in April. Born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Valenzuela turned professional in 2018 and rode a five-bout knockout streak earlier than incomes his first 10-round determination in a victory over Deiner Berrio in September 2021.
“I’m extraordinarily motivated for this combat,” stated Valenzuela. “My opponent is an completed former champion and that is the form of problem that I’ve been asking for. I’m going to come back into this combat extraordinarily ready to make one other assertion on September 4 and provides the followers a terrific present like I at all times do.”
The 30-year-old Corrales (26-4, 10 KOs) has gained three-straight fights since transferring as much as light-weight in 2021 and has ascended to the quantity two rating within the WBA. Preventing out of San Miguelito, Panama, Corrales gained a brilliant featherweight title in 2016 when he went to Japan and knocked out Takashi Uchiyama earlier than successful a choice of their rematch. He additionally owns victories over present former champion Rene Alvarado and veteran contender Robinson Castellanos.
“Valenzuela is an efficient younger fighter with some expertise, however he doesn’t have the expertise to deal with what I’m bringing to the ring,” stated Corrales. “That is going to be like when the nice Panamanian champion Roberto Duran took Davey Moore to highschool. Class goes to be in session on September 4 and no quantity of finding out goes to have him prepared for what I’m planning on doing.”