Andy Ruiz Jr lets the heavyweight division know he is still a threat!
This is a fight to break into the top ten, as Andy Ruiz (31-1, 21KOs) takes on Alexander Dimitrenko (41-4, 26KOs). Dimitrenko is coming off of a stoppage loss to Bryant Jennings and decided to take this fight rather than take a soft touch.
This could be a mistake, but his experience and desire make it a worthwhile risk. Ruiz is looking to finally position himself into a main event-type fighter.
The beginning of this fight is rather ominous, as Ruiz is immediately able to close distance against the Russian. Dimitrenko is not using his jab and his defense on the interior isn’t good enough to protect himself.
Ruiz is making a concerted effort to land body shots and it’s paying off. The fight is very one-sided, with Ruiz walking down and beating up Dimitrenko.
The Russian’s aversion to using his jab is making it difficult for him and in round three, he’s lucky that what appears to be a knockdown is ruled a slip. The fight is finally stopped in round five as Dimitrenko is unable to continue.
This was an outstanding performance for Ruiz and it would continue into the post fight interview. The California native would do an impromptu Snickers advertisement and call out Adam Kownaki.
That fight would be a treat for boxing fans if it can be made. As for Dimitrenko, he needs to take a break and reassess his career. He can ill-afford another loss and should look to rebuild before taking on another high ranked opponent.
By: Corey Cunningham