Andy 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. Andy says: “Everyone who thinks I’m not Mexican simply because I was born in the United States is wrong. 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.” Andy Ruiz Jr. Biography and Profile.