Carlos Ruiz Aims To End His Misfortune in Mexico City Return

By Francisco Salazar

Former junior lightweight contender Carlos Ruiz hopes to break his three-bout winless streak tonight as he squares off against Luis Guzman at the Fronton Mexico in Mexico City, promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. told Tuesday night.

The fight will headline a six-bout 'Punos de Oro 2018' card.

Ruiz (15-4-2, 5 knockouts) has not fought since a 10 round majority decision loss to gatekeeper Luis Montano on Oct. 20. The Mexico City might have struggled against Montano as he had not fought in over 10 months, dropping a close unanimous decision to Deiner Berrio of Colombia.


Ruiz's last victory occurred on July 1 of 2016, when he dropped Joel Montes de Oca in round six en route to a 10 round unanimous decision.

The 24-year-old Ruiz was ranked as high as number six by the WBO as a junior lightweight. Ruiz has lost three of his last five losses, with the other decision loss coming to three-division world titleholder Hozumi Hasegawa in December of 2015.

Guzman (1-0, 1 KO), who also resides in Mexico City, won his pro debut on Oct. 28, stopping Jose Juarez in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout.

Both Ruiz and the southpaw Guzman weighed just over 126 pounds at Tuesday's weigh-in.

Lightweight Omar Solano (8-2, 2 KOs) will square off against Diego Contreras (7-1, 4 KOs) in a six round bout. Both fighters suffered losses in their last bout.

Unbeaten Jorge Rivera (7-0-1, 2 KOs) will face Hector Garcia (2-1, 2 KOs) in a six round bantamweight bout.

Welterweights Abraham Juarez (8-1, 1 KO) and Jesse Flores (1-1) will square off in a six round bout.

Ricardo Maldonado, Jr.'s Producciones Deportivas is promoting the card.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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