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PHOTOS: Unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. Receives Commemorative Belt in Puerto Rico

Andy Ruiz, center, flanked by former champions Ivan Calderon and Miguel Cotto (Photo: Victor Planas – WBO)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a festive scene in Puerto Rico earlier this week, as unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr., holder of the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, was on hand to collect another belt. This particular bauble, presented by the WBO’s own Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq., was awarded to Ruiz in honor of his historic victory over former champion Anthony Joshua last month.

On hand were former champions Ivan Calderon and Miguel Cotto, amongst many others, who presented Ruiz with his new belt.

PHOTOS: Jaime Munguia Drops And Defeats Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith Over 12 Rounds

Jaime Munguia Got The Better of Liam Smith on Saturday (Photo: Tom Hogan – Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 21, WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KO’s) defeated a very game Liam “Beefy” Smith (26-2-1, 14 KO’s) over 12 fast-paced rounds that left many asking for more. The Munguia vs. Smith fight took place from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., and was aired on HBO ‘s Boxing After Dark.

The match revealed a lot about Munguia, who captured the attention of the boxing world just months prior after stopping Sadam Ali in rousing fashion to become a champion. The Tijuana, Mex. native won by scores of 119-108, 119-110, and 116-111 when cards were read. Munguia wasn’t able to secure the knockout many were expecting, yet he was able to register a knockdown in the sixth round while also landing several big blows along the way.