In a momentum swing sudden enough to induce whiplash, Julio Ceja turned the tables on Hugo Ruiz in violent fashion—and then he broke a leg off of one of those metaphorical tables and hammered him into submission with it.
Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs) controlled the action early in their clash at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night, using his superior length and much more accurate punching to tame the raging bull that was Ceja (30-1, 27 KOs).
Ceja relentlessly charged at Ruiz with abandon, Alfred E. Newman-style (“What, me worry?”), swinging wildly and repeatedly getting countered by Ruiz in the process.
In Round 3, Ruiz dropped Ceja with a smashing left hook that sent Ceja crashing to the floor for a knockdown.
It looked like Ruiz might end things there, as he bulldozed Ceja into his corner, but Ceja was able to make it through the round.
Undeterred, Ceja kept coming at Ruiz, absorbing his punishment like a kid sucking down a milkshake.
Then, in Round 5, Ceja crushed Ruiz with a massive left hand of his own, knocking him flat on his backside.
Ruiz beat the count only to take even more of a beating, getting hammered on the ropes by a wild-eyed Ceja until the referee stopped the fight, resulting in a technical knockout for Ceja.
Two weeks after Krzysztof Glowacki’s spectacular comeback KO against Marco Huck, Premier Boxing Champions produced another fight of the year candidate.