ANDY RUIZ TAKES UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER LUIS ORTIZ AFTER THREE KNOCKDOWNS

It only took Andy Ruiz Jr. a split second to remind the boxing world of his potential for danger.

Ruiz briefly caught Luis Ortiz off guard before unleashing a powerful overhand right that resulted in the first of three knockdowns that helped him win the fight on a unanimous decision on Sunday night, live on pay-per-view.

The judges at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles gave Ruiz victories with scores of 113-112, 114-111, and 114-111.

Ruiz's fast hands proved to be too much for the 43-year-old Ortiz, who was battling age but not giving up.

Ruiz moves one step closer to a crack at the world championship because the contest was an eliminator for the WBC heavyweight title.

"Man, I'm ready. I'm starving, "Ruiz stated in the ring at the post-fight press conference.

In the second round, Ruiz got the advantage by dropping Ortiz with a crushing overhand right that forced "King Kong" to his knees.

That second knockdown should have been classified as a push even if it was knocked down.