Heavyweight up-and-comer Andy Ruiz Jr., out of action for nine months because his handlers wanted him in better condition, returned for a shutout eight-round decision against journeyman Joell Godfrey on Saturday night in the UniMas-televised main event and has two more fights on the schedule to make up for lost time.
Top Rank has scheduled Ruiz (25-0, 14 KOs), 26, who is from Mexico and living in Imperial, California, to fight Oct. 24 in Omaha, Nebraska, on the undercard of Terence Crawford’s junior welterweight title defense against Dierry Jean, followed by a UniMas-televised co-feature on Dec. 5 in Fresno, California, on the undercard of junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez's main event.
Ruiz's opponents for the eight-round bouts have not been determined.
When Ruiz outpointed former world titleholder Sergei Liakhovich in December he weighed 267¾ pounds. He was in considerably better shape against Godfrey, weighing 247¾ pounds.