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Andy Ruiz To Face Liakhovich on December 20 in Phoenix

By Steve Kim has been advised that heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz, coming off a first round stoppage of Kenny Lemos from this past weekend in Fresno, California, will return to the ring on December 20th at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix against veteran Sergey Liahkovich (26-6, 16KOs) on card that will be part of the 'Solo Boxeo' series on UniMas.

Ruiz, is a talented young fighter with a mark of 23-0 (17 KO's) but has struggled to keep his weight in check. Liakhovich, the one-time WBO heavyweight titlist is now 38 years old and has lost three of his last four bouts. Before defeating the pedestrian Chad Davis - who came in with a record of 5-11 - in his most recent outing, he was stopped in succession by the trio of Robert Helenius (TKO9), Bryan Jennings (TKO9) and Deontay Wilder (KO1).

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by nycsmooth on 10-30-2014

an other non fight , a Ruiz that's wasting talent...this will b a meaningless fight if Andy doesn't have him out b4 # 5...

Comment by paulf on 10-30-2014

Sad to see Liakhovich, former world champion, now an easy-street KO opponent. Ruiz in 2.

Comment by Eastcoast on 10-30-2014

I think this fight is Mexico's revenge for Provodnikov-Castillo (Belarus is old school Russia...) They just need to keep Ruiz physically moving so that he doesn't grow any bigger. For what it's worth, if I could make fights happen right…

Comment by richardt on 10-30-2014

Ruiz should be fighting a Glaskov type, not the worn out used up Liakhovich!

Comment by The Hammer on 10-30-2014

Liakhovich shouldn't be fighting anymore, he's been KOed too many times. Bob Arum is unethical to choose Lyakhovich. Ruiz knocking him out at this point proves nothing.

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