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Andy Ruiz Breaks Down, Stops Alexander Dimitrenko

By Gilbert Manzano

CARSON, Calif. — Andy Ruiz Jr.’s quick hands served as a reminder on Saturday that size doesn’t always matter in the heavyweight division. 

Ruiz recorded a fifth-round technical knockout against Alexander Dimitrenko in the co-main event bout of the Danny Garcia-Adrian Granados undercard at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Ruiz is five inches shorter than Dimitrenko, but he made him come down in size by punishing him with fast combinations during their 10-round bout. Dimitrenko was unable to continue fighting for the sixth round. 

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In the fourth round, Ruiz nearly recorded a knockdown, but Dimitrenko was able to gather himself. But that was the beginning of the end for the winded fighter from Germany.

Ruiz, who spent many years with Top Rank, could now be in position to receive big fights after his impressive performance in his Premier Boxing Champions debut. 

In his lone world title shot, Ruiz had a strong performance in a majority decision loss to Joseph Parker in New Zealand in 2016. With three consecutive wins since the defeat, Ruiz might not be far off from receiving another shot at a world title.

Ruiz said at his media workout this week he would be willing to fight Anthony Joshua on short notice. Joshua, the WBA/WBO/IBF champion, is in need off an opponent for June 1 after Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller failed three drug tests.

It’s not likely that Ruiz receives a call from promoter Eddie Hearn to fight Joshua, but he proved Saturday that he can fight with the best heavyweights. Skills, however, has not been his issues. His struggles have come on the scales. He weighed in at 262 pounds for the fight against Dimitrenko.  

"I've come a long way to get in this shape,” Ruiz said earlier this week. “I just have to stay disciplined and put in the hard work and I'll be fighting for a world title soon."

As for the Russian-born Dimitrenko, he suffers another defeat against a quality opponent. Coming into the bout, Dimitrenko had losses to Parker, Bryant Jennings and Kubrat Pulev.   

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by DuckAdonis on 04-21-2019

Dimitrenko doesn't like fighting Why is he a fighter? Honestly looks like the dude has a bit of a down syndrome or something my gosh...

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 04-21-2019

Ruiz was very inaccurate in this fight against a very slow Dimitrenko who was brought in to lose. One of Ruiz strengths has been his accuracy. Losing weight could hurt Ruiz. He will need to be better to beat the…

Comment by mlac on 04-21-2019

just watched the highlights, i expected it was a 1-2 round demolition job considering it was 40 seconds long. basically nothing much happened and then dimentrenko quit on his stool? yep sounds about right.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 04-21-2019

[QUOTE=Kezzer;19677924]Did he call out joshua[/QUOTE] not exactly but he said if AJ calls him to fill in June1 date, he will gladly go back to the gym to prepare for the date. I kinda like Ruiz, he seems a guy…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 04-21-2019

The Snickers Man looked good. You can't ignore Andy Ruiz when he throws his hands like that. The Ruiz train is back on track.

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