There was boxing in the squared circle and fighting in the crowd which marred Andy Ruiz’s comeback victory in California on Saturday night.
The 31-year-old Mexican survived a second round knockdown to take an unanimous decision victory over Chris Arreola, in his first fight since his December 2019 loss to Anthony Joshua.
However, right in the middle of his heavyweight bout, an ugly brawl broke out in the audience.
There was ugly scenes with a fight in the crowd during Andy Ruiz’s comeback match
The Mexican made a victorious return in his first bout since his loss to Anthony Joshua
Former WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora posted a video of the shameful scenes which saw a number of fans get involved.
It showed several fans in the area of the fight trying to get out of the way as well as security trying in vain to put the ugly scenes to a stop.
The video pans to the ring with Ruiz and Arreola continuing the fight and not losing their focus despite the brawl breaking out in the stands.
It was not the only incident of the night, as a smaller separate scrap broke out before the main event started.
Another video posted on social media shows four men involved in a physical altercation.
Despite the chaos in the stands Ruiz was able to keep his composure and take the victory with the judges scoring the bout 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.
Security tried their best to quell the scenes which was not the first audience fight of the night
After the fight Ruiz said: ‘Chris is a veteran and a hard puncher. We did what we had to do tonight. We got the victory that we wanted.
‘I was at my lowest point and now I have to climb the ladder again. I’m thankful for the victory and I’m ready to move on to the next.
‘He got me with a good clean right hand in the second round. I was too overconfident and dropped my hand a bit. Hats off to him.
“We just kept pushing and pushing. I switched up and started focusing on counter-punching and working the body.
“I felt a little rust and I know other fighters can relate to that. If he wants to run it back, we’ll run it back with him.’
Ruiz lost his world championships to Joshua after losing their rematch in December 2019, a battle he lost after gaining weight and blaming ‘partying’.
Ruiz recovered from a second round knockdown to beat Chris Arreola in his boxing return