Andy Ruiz outpoints Sergei Liakhovich, Oscar Valdez scores KO
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz Jr. outpointed former titleholder Sergei Liakhovich to a unanimous decision on Saturday at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, on a card that was promoted by Top Rank.
Nicknamed “The Destroyer, Ruiz (24-0, 17 knockouts), who is 25, won by scores of 96-94, 98-92, and, 99-91 against Liakhovich (26-7, 16 KOs), ending the winner’s run of nine consecutive stoppage victories.
Liakhovich, 38, was coming off a unanimous decision over Chad Davis in February that followed his first round knockout loss to Deontay Wilder in August 2013. Liakhovich is 3-6 with two knockouts since rising from a seventh-round knockdown to defeat Lamon Brewster for the WBO belt in April 2006.
In another bout on the card, two-time Mexican Olympian, Oscar Valdez (14-0, 13KOs) knocked out Jean Sotelo (19-14-2, 10 KOs) in the fourth round, representing his second consecutive stoppage win.
Also on the card, light heavyweight Trevor McCumby rose to 18-0 with his 14th knockout, doing so with a sixth round technical knockout over Milton Nunez (28-12-1, 25 KOs).
In addition, cruiserweight David Benavidez (7-0, 6 KOs), the hard-hitting younger brother of junior welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr., unanimously decisioned Azamat Umarzoda (1-7-2).