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Andy Ruiz Biography

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Andy Ruiz Early Life

Ruiz was born on September 11, 1989, in Imperial Valley California. His parents migrated to the United States from Mexico. His father Andrés senior was formerly a construction worker. Ruiz was passionate about baseball until his father made him a boxer. Ruiz explained that he had his very first fight at age 7. Ruiz worked with his father in construction until he decided to become a professional boxer before going back to Mexico to begin his boxing career. Andy Ruiz was bred to fight by his father at early age. After accumulating a standout amateur record, “The Destroyer” turned pro at 19 to pursue his dream of become boxing’s first Heavyweight Champion of Mexican descent.

Training under Cuban coach Fernando Ferrer, Ruiz made his professional boxing debut in a match against Miguel Ramirez in Tijuana Mexico, winning the fight with a first-round knockout, before returning to the same venue 3 months later in another match against Ross Brantley which he also won via technical knockout after knocking Brantley down 3 times in the 1st round. His first fight in America came in the month of March 2010 at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.


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Ruiz knocked out his opponent Luke Vaughn in the first round. Ruiz had an amazing amateur career with a 105 – 5 boxing record winning 2 gold medals in the Mexican junior Olympics and a Ringside world title championship.

Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr
Andy Ruiz Jr., Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr

He represented Mexico in the Beijing Olympics of 2008 but lost the 1st and 2nd qualifiers.

Andy Ruiz Jr. Biography and Profile

“Everyone who thinks I’m not Mexican simply because I was born in the United States is wrong,” Ruiz told ESPN. “My mom and dad are from Mexicali, and I feel more Mexican than others who were born in Mexico because I fought for my race and for Mexico.”

THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Top-rated heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. was born to be a fighter—although he didn’t realize it at first. Baseball was young Andy’s passion. But his father, Andy Sr., had other plans. The elder Ruiz pushed his son into boxing, forcing him to give up baseball to study the sweet science daily.

Andy 'The Destroyer' Ruiz Father Andy Ruiz Snr. and Mother Felicitas Ruiz
Andy ‘The Destroyer’ Ruiz Father Andy Ruiz Snr. and Mother Felicitas Ruiz

Andy Sr.’s vision would come to fruition. Ruiz Jr. began his amateur career in Mexico, accumulating a 105-5 record and winning several national championships. Ruiz would go on to make it to the qualification stage for 2008 Olympics as part of the Mexican squad, although he ultimately fell short of making it the games.

TURNING PRO IN MEXICO
Rather than continue his amateur career, Ruiz turned pro at 19. His first pro bout occurred in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 28, 2009. Ruiz would notch a first-round KO over Miguel Salvador Ramirez at the Plaza de Toros.

After two more bouts in Mexico (both wins), Ruiz made his U.S. pro debut on March 12, 2010, flattening Luke Vaughn in one round at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.

STEPPING UP AND SHOWING OUT
Ruiz would continue to fight in the US until July 27, 2013. That was when the 19-0 boxer took his first major step up in competition, against 21-0 Joe Hanks at the Venetian Resort in Macao. It was no contest. Ruiz dominated, stopping Hanks in four rounds.

He returned to the ring that November, against once-touted prospect Tor Hamer, also at the Venetian Resort in Macao. The result was similar as well. After a slow start, Ruiz turned it on the third, punishing Hamer to the head and body. Hamer opted to remain on his stool prior to the start of the fourth round.

Ruiz returned to the U.S. in May 2017, stopping Manuel Quezada in two rounds at Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Another TKO win set up a showdown versus former world heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich on December 20, 2014. Again, Ruiz dominated, winning a 10-round unanimous decision at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.

FIGHTING FOR A WORLD TITLE
Ruiz would win his next five bouts, climbing to the top of the rankings and setting the stage for a world title shot. On December 10, 2016, the now 29-0 boxer faced 21-0 Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO World Heavyweight Championship.

The bout took place at the Spark Arena in Parker’s native Auckland, New Zealand. It was a hotly contested battle for 12 rounds, with each fighter enjoying their fair share of moments. Judge Salven Lagumbay had it 114-114, but judges Ramon Cerdan and Ingo Barrabas both scored it 115-113 for Parker, awarding Parker the victory and the world title.

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BOUNCING BACK
On March 10, 2018, Ruiz returned to the ring with a first-round KO over Devin Vargas at StubHub Center in Carson, California. That July, he won a wide 10-round unanimous decision over fringe contender Kevin Johnson.

On April 2019, Ruiz made his Premier Boxing Champions debut at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, live on FOX and FOX Deportes. Ruiz turned in one of the finest performances of his career, stopping Alexander Dimitrenko after five one-sided rounds.

ANDY RUIZ JR FIGHTS

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ANTHONY JOSHUA
22-1-0
Jun 01, 2019 • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA

Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. Wins Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua LOSES to Andy Ruiz Jr by TKO in Round 7 of 12

Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. Defeats Anthony Joshua

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ALEXANDER DIMITRENKO
41-4-0
Apr 20, 2019 • Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Alexander Dimitrenko by RTD in Round 5 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS KEVIN JOHNSON
32-9-1
Jul 07, 2018 • Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Kevin Johnson by UD in Round 10 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS DEVIN VARGAS
20-4-0
Mar 10, 2018 • StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Devin Vargas by KO in Round 1 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JOSEPH PARKER
21-0-0
Dec 10, 2016 • Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand

Joseph Parker WINS against Andy Ruiz Jr by MD in Round 12 of 12

ANDY RUIZ JR VS FRANKLIN LAWRENCE
21-2-2
Sep 10, 2016 • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Franklin Lawrence by UD in Round 10 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JOSH GORMLEY
23-4-0
Jul 16, 2016 • Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Josh Gormley by TKO in Round 3 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS RAY AUSTIN
29-6-4
May 14, 2016 • Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Ray Austin by RTD in Round 4 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS RAPHAEL ZUMBANO
37-11-1
Oct 24, 2015 • CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Raphael Zumbano by UD in Round 8 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JOELL GODFREY
17-14-1
Sep 26, 2015 • Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Joell Godfrey by UD in Round 8 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS SIARHEI LIAKHOVICH
26-6-0
Dec 20, 2014 • Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Siarhei Liakhovich by UD in Round 10 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS KENNY LEMOS
12-8-2
Oct 25, 2014 • Selland Arena, Fresno, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Kenny Lemos by TKO in Round 1 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS MANUEL QUEZADA
29-8-0
May 17, 2014 • Selland Arena, Fresno, California, USA

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Manuel Quezada by TKO in Round 2 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS TOR HAMER
21-2-0
Nov 24, 2013 • Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Tor Hamer by RTD in Round 3 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JOE HANKS
21-0-0
Jul 27, 2013 • Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China

Andy Ruiz Jr WINS against Joe Hanks by TKO in Round 4 of 10

ANDY RUIZ JR VS CARL DAVIS
16-5-0
Jun 08, 2013 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Carl Davis by TKO in Round 1 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS MATTHEW GREER
15-9-0
Mar 16, 2013 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Matthew Greer by KO in Round 1 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ELIJAH MCCALL
11-1-1
Dec 07, 2012 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Elijah McCall by TKO in Round 3 of 8

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ANDY RUIZ JR VS MAURENZO SMITH
11-2-2
Sep 13, 2012 • Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Maurenzo Smith by KO in Round 1 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JONTE WILLIS
8-3-1
Jul 07, 2012 • Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Jonte Willis by TKO in Round 8 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS HOMERO FONSECA
9-4-3
Mar 23, 2012 • Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Homero Fonseca by UD in Round 8 of 8

ANDY RUIZ JR VS THERON JOHNSON
5-6-0
Dec 17, 2011 • ANDY RUIZ WINStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Theron Johnson by UD in Round 6 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS KEN FRANK
6-3-1
Sep 17, 2011 • BlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker, Arizona, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Ken Frank by TKO in Round 2 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS VILLI BLOOMFIELD
9-6-1
Jul 15, 2011 • Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Villi Bloomfield by TKO in Round 4 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ANGEL HERRERA
6-4-3
Apr 23, 2011 • ANDY RUIZ WINStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Angel Herrera by UD in Round 6 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ALVARO MORALES
5-8-5
Feb 26, 2011 • Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Alvaro Morales by UD in Round 6 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS KELSEY ARNOLD
4-6-2
Feb 05, 2011 • Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Kelsey Arnold by KO in Round 3 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS FRANCISCO DIAZ
2-4-0
Dec 04, 2010 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Francisco Diaz by KO in Round 2 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS RAYMOND LOPEZ
2-2-0
Nov 20, 2010 • ANDY RUIZ WINStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Raymond Lopez by UD in Round 4 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS MILES KELLY
1-3-0
Oct 16, 2010 • Silverton Casino & Lodge, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Miles Kelly by TKO in Round 1 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS LUKE VAUGHN
0-1-0
Mar 12, 2010 • Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine, Texas, USA

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Luke Vaughn by KO in Round 1 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS JUAN LUIS LOPEZ
ALCARAZ
0-3-1
Feb 12, 2010 • Gimnasio de Mexicali, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Juan Luis Lopez Alcaraz by UD in Round 4 of 4

ANDY RUIZ JR VS ROSS BRANTLEY
1-10-1
Jun 26, 2009 • Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

Andy Ruiz JR VS ANDY RUIZ WINS against Ross Brantley by TKO in Round 1 of 6

ANDY RUIZ JR VS MIGUEL SALVADOR RAMIREZ
0-1-0
Mar 28, 2009 • Plaza de Toros, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Andy Ruiz JR VS WINS against Miguel Salvador Ramirez by KO in Round 1 of 4

What People Are Saying

Mexicans have embraced him as one of their own. César González, the editor of the Mexican boxing website Izquierdazo said what matters is how Ruiz fights, and he fights like a Mexican.

“Andy Ruiz embodies the essence of Mexican boxing. The people want to see someone baptized in blood, who gets cut, falls down but then gets up and triumphs. The people want drama. They want something epic. And that’s what he did.”

Rematch: Anthony Joshua Beats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing

On Saturday 7 December 2019, Anthony Joshua beats Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June. The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles and Joshua set the pace from the start with a measured masterclass that showed he had learned from the nightmare of New York. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Anthony Joshua.

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Anthony Joshua Beats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019
Anthony Joshua Beats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019

“It was his night, man,” said Ruiz as his six-month reign ended in the 15,000 seat arena on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh.

Rematch - Anthony Joshua Beats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019
Rematch – Anthony Joshua Beats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019

The decision to take the fight to Saudi Arabia had been criticised by human rights campaigners but Joshua complimented the hosts and welcomed Ruiz’s suggestion that there should be a third encounter.

“If you heard, we’re going to do it a third,” said the champion.

Ruiz had stopped the previously undefeated Briton in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden but there was to be no second bolt of lightning from the man in the golden gloves and shorts. He suffered a nasty gash over his left eye early on, with Joshua also bloodied on the brow in the second round to keep the cornermen busy to the end. As the fight went into the second half, Ruiz was looking frustrated and was warned for illegal blows. The eighth was more promising, with Joshua momentarily appearing vulnerable, but the Briton took back control and by round 11 had a spring in his step, looking fresh and nimble on his feet while using his height advantage to good effect. Ruiz knew he needed a knockout but it never came.

Joshua, now with a record of 23 wins and one defeat, had described that June defeat — to a flabby-looking opponent drafted in as a late replacement — as no more than a “minor setback”. While he made light of it again in victory, he was clearly relieved.

“Man, the first time was so nice, I had to do it twice,” he told the crowd.

Rematch - Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019
Rematch – Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing on Saturday 7 December 2019

“I’m used to knocking guys out but last time I realised ‘hang on a minute, I hurt the man and I got caught coming in’. I gave the man his credit. I said to myself I’m going to correct myself and come again.”

Another loss in the early hours of Sunday would have put the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion’s career on the line, with some saying after the last fight that he was finished.

Joshua had shown with his preparations, however, that he meant business — stepping into the ring lighter than ever and more than three stones less than Ruiz who had weighed in considerably heavier than in their first showdown. The contrast between the two men was a talking point before the fight, with one British boxing writer noting that while Joshua sported a six-pack, his opponent appeared to have consumed one. Ruiz, embraced by Joshua afterwards, said he would do it differently next time.

Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing Rematch on Saturday 7 December 2019
Anthony Joshua Defeats Andy Ruiz in World Heavyweight Boxing Rematch on Saturday 7 December 2019

“I think I didn’t prepare it how I should have. I gained too much weight but I don’t want to give no excuses. He won, he boxed me around,” he said.

“If we do the third, I’m going to get in the best shape of my life.”

On the undercard, American Michael Hunter and Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin fought to a draw in their WBA heavyweight eliminator. British heavyweight Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte beat Poland’s former world title challenger Mariusz Wach on a unanimous points decision.

“I’ve been through hell these last couple of months, but we’re here and back,” said the 31-year-old Whyte who was provisionally suspended in July over an irregular urine supply but cleared by the UK Anti-Doping agency on Friday.

Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. Biography and Profile

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