Ruiz overcomes early barrage to earn decision |

Ruiz overcomes early barrage to earn decision

Matt O'Neill

Carson City’s Miguel Ruiz (25-10-2) needed to go the distance against Oscar Delgado (21-14) but still earned a unanimous decision Friday night at Caesars Tahoe.

While Ruiz was able to withstand a barrage of combinations from Delgado early on, it was the third round where both fighters went on the attack and bumped heads diving toward each other.

Ruiz suffered a cut at the base of his hairline which caused blood to slip down his forehead, while Delgado suffered the worst end of the head butt as a deep gash was opened under his left eye and continued to bleed throughout the rest of the bout.

Although blood continued to flow in the remaining rounds, Ruiz said he didn’t notice it.

“We both went at each other,” Ruiz said. “After I was cut, I didn’t notice the blood as much as I did the bright lights.”

The two fighters continued to pound at each other for the final three rounds, but it was Ruiz who won the last two rounds on two different scorecards. He also benefited from a late hit in the fifth round when Delgado unleashed a punch while referee Victor Alegria ordered the boxers to separate.

“This fight he tried to tie me up a lot because he couldn’t fight his fight,” Ruiz said. “He didn’t win the fight because he tied me up quite a bit.”

The clutching and grabbing proved to be the difference as Delgado was relegated to clutching to stop Ruiz’s combinations in the final two rounds.

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