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Ruiz-Gutierrez Eliminator Ordered For Leo Santa Cruz

By Jake Donovan

A super bantamweight title eliminator has been ordered by the World Boxing Council (WBC) between Hugo Ruiz and Andres Gutierrez, BoxingScene.com was informed Tuesday morning.

The respective camps for the aforementioned fighters have 30 days to negotiate terms for a forthcoming fight, or will otherwise be subject to a purse bid hearing slated for August 25 in Mexico City.

Gutierrez fights under the Canelo Promotions banner; Ruiz is represented by Promociones del Pueblo. Both are regulars on Mexican network giant Televisa.

The winner of such a fight will be named mandatory challenger to unbeaten 122 lb. titlist Leo Santa Cruz, who is tentatively scheduled for an optional defense in the chief support to the highly anticipated rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas.

Gutierrez (29-0, 22KOs) has been on a roll ever since turning pro in 2009. The 21-year old contender rose to prominence with a 5th round knockout of Salvador Sanchez—nephew to the late, great former featherweight champion of the same name—in April ’13. The win helped initiate his run towards title contention, having also scored victories over Rey Perez and Ernie Sanchez in WBC-sanctioned bouts.

Ruiz (34-1, 3KOs) gained a reputation as one of the hardest hitting bantamweights in the world, including three straight knockouts heading into his lone title fight to date (excluding ‘interim’ belts). The experience proved controversial, dropping a hotly contested split decision to Koki Kameda in their Dec. ’12 bantamweight title fight.

The 27-year old puncher has since won three straight. The most significant of that stretch—a majority decision over former flyweight titlist Julio Cesar Miranda last September—was an indicator that killing himself to make bantamweight was no longer beneficial to his career.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LouIE G on 07-31-2014

i can understand peoples frustrations with rigo/lsc not getting made, and sometimes when they try to marinate the fights too long it sometimes ruins these big fights like floyd/pac jml/gamboa ect... but we have to remember that sometimes this is…

Comment by Cubanstyle on 07-30-2014

[QUOTE=hamada44;14808814]How is ruiz a hard hitter when hes goy 3 kos.[/QUOTE] Well, the guy do have some impressive record of 34-2 and 30 of those by KO, but you have to take a look at what he has fought. Of…

Comment by apocalypto on 07-29-2014

This is a great fight either fighter would put up a great fight against leo or any other fighter. This is going to be a war nd I dont know who will win. Ruiz should already be a champ

Comment by Aztekkas on 07-29-2014

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;14808844]No he didnt. They said they wanted 3 more fights then rigo. Three more fights... NOW thats a joke![/QUOTE] I am all for defending my countrymen but I will never stand behind bs. I have always liked LSC…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 07-29-2014

[QUOTE=Cubanstyle;14808690][B]I understand your point but Leo already said he was ready for Rigo [/B]creating a hype for a possible fight on Sep 13th, which is what fans are demanding at this moment,, but I also understand he will try to…

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