Four deaths in six months - Is enough being done to protect boxers inside the ring?

By Sports Desk October 17, 2019

Boxing has been rocked by a number of deaths in the last few months, begging the question, is enough being done to protect the boxers. The Zone Blitz team asks the question.

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    Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr says he would be happy to give Chris Arreola a rematch after he was forced to recover from an early knockdown on his ring return.

    Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs), who stunningly ripped the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Anthony Joshua in a huge upset, was boxing for the first time since losing an immediate rematch with the Briton in December 2019.

    Veteran Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs) was widely viewed as a safe step back on the road to championship contention, as Ruiz fought with Canelo Alvarez's trainer Eddy Reynoso in his corner for the first time.

    However, an overhand right from Arreola forced Mexico's first ever heavyweight champion to touch down in round two.

    A thrilling shootout ensued in the third – Arreola again wobbling his foe with a thudding left hook – before Ruiz made use of his superior speed and boxing skills to close out a unanimous decision win by margins of 118-109 twice and 117-110.

    Broadcaster Fox Sports tweeted after the bout to tout a potential matchup between Ruiz and fellow former champion Wilder.

    That showdown has been previously discussed due to both men being under the Premier Boxing Champions promotional banner, but Ruiz acknowledged he might have unfinished business with Arreola, who was compromised by a left shoulder injury suffered in the eighth.

    "I felt a little rusty but I kept going," he said afterwards. "If he wants to run it back then we can run it back.

    "We can have Chris Arreola-Andy Ruiz II."

    Ruiz was widely criticised for piling on excess weight before his rematch with Joshua and felt the need to turn over a new leaf by teaming up with Reynoso.

    He weighed in almost 30lbs lighter for Saturday's fight in Carson than he did for the Joshua return, although he conceded complacency was still a factor as he diced with disaster.

    "He caught me with that good, clean right hand," Ruiz said. "I dropped my guard a little bit and I was over confident.

    "Chris Arreola is a veteran and a hard puncher. We did what we had to do and we got the victory.

    "Remember, I was the lowest of the low and I had to start again at the bottom of the ladder. Now we can move on to the next one."

  • Parker rallies after shocking start to squeeze past Chisora on points Parker rallies after shocking start to squeeze past Chisora on points

    Joseph Parker overcame the shock of suffering a knockdown inside the opening seconds to record a split-decision points win over a disgruntled Dereck Chisora in Manchester.

    A clash between two heavyweights with aspirations of challenging for a world title in the not-too-distant future went the distance despite an eventful start to proceedings.

    The first punch by either boxer saw Chisora land a looping right hand that caught his rival cold, dropping him to the canvas.

    However, Parker recovered quickly enough to not only beat the count from the referee but also quell Chisora's ensuing attempts to force a stunning stoppage.

    The New Zealander – who previously held the WBO belt – was second best in the early going but warmed to his task as the rounds ticked by, aided by a probing jab that set up opportunities to attack.

    His work in the second half of the bout was enough to impress two of the judges at ringside, Parker getting the nod by scores of 115-113 and 116-111.

    Yet Chisora's strong opening saw the other official on duty give it to him by a 115-113 margin. He made clear his disappointment in the verdict in his post-fight interview, too.

    "I can't get upset. It's horrible. I give everything. These are the results I get," 'Del Boy' told Sky Sports Box Office. "If he wants to give me the rematch, I will take it."

    Parker seemed ready to do just that in the immediate aftermath, having accepted it was a close call in the final reckoning.

    "We can do a rematch in the next fight," he said after improving his record to 29-2, though this was his first victory since switching to work with new trainer Andy Lee.

    "It was a tough fight. I got caught at the beginning so I dug deep and stayed focused. It was close. It could have gone either way."

    The fight had appeared in serious doubt on Friday due to a coin toss after the weigh-in deciding the order in which they would walk to the ring before the bout.

    Chisora made clear he was ready to go home unless he came out second, though his promoter David Haye revealed how the intervention of the British fighter's mother, Viola, made sure her son stayed put.

    On the undercard, Katie Taylor retained her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight belts with a points win over Natasha Jonas.

    The duo did not disappoint in a rematch of their fight at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Taylor edging it 96-94 and 96-95 twice on the scorecards, in the process remaining unbeaten as a professional.

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