Andy Ruiz Jr. is a professional boxer from the United States.
Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr. was born in Imperial, California, to Mexican parents who had immigrated to the United States. His father is a former construction worker who began his own house flipping business. Before his father got him into boxing, Ruiz had a passion for baseball; he had his first fight at the age of seven in San Diego.
Ruiz later worked in construction for his father before deciding to pursue a full-time boxing career and beginning his amateur career in Mexico.
Ruiz is a former unified heavyweight champion who defeated Anthony Joshua in 2019 to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles. Ruiz is the first Mexican-born male boxer to win a world heavyweight title.
He is ranked fourth-best active heavyweight in the world by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, sixth by BoxRec, and seventh by The Ring magazine as of June 2021.
Ruiz boxed to a 105–5 record as an amateur under Cuban trainer Fernando Ferrer. Among his 105 victories are two gold medals from the Mexican National Junior Olympics and a title from the Ringside World Championships.
Ruiz also competed for Mexico in two Olympic Games qualification tournaments in 2008, losing to eventual Olympians Robert Alfonso of Cuba and Oscar Rivas of Colombia in the first and second qualifiers, respectively.
Ruiz made his professional debut against Miguel Ramirez on March 28, 2009, at the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Ruiz won the fight by knockout in the first round (KO).
Ruiz defeated Homero Fonseca in his first eight-round fight on March 23, 2012. The fight was scored 80–72 by all three judges. Ruiz fought Jonte Willis (8–3–1, 3 KOs) in July at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Ruiz floored Willis with a short right hand in round five before referee Wayne Hedgpeth stopped the fight in round eight after a series of unanswered punches.
Ruiz fought former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (26-6, 16 KOs) on December 20, 2014 at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Liakhovich, who trained hard for this fight and tried to win, took Ruiz to ten rounds for the first time in his career. The final scores were 98–92, 96–94, and 99–91 in favour of Ruiz, who retained his titles.
Ruiz returned to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in California on September 10, 2016 to headline “Solo Boxeo Tecate” (UniMas) against 40-year-old Franklin Lawrence for the WBC-NABF heavyweight title. Ruiz successfully defended his WBC-NABF title for the fifth time after ten one-sided rounds. The fight was scored 100–90, 99–91, and 99–91 by the judges.
Ruiz vs. Joseph Parker
Ruiz has been ordered to fight for the WBO heavyweight title against Joseph Parker in New Zealand on December 10, 2016. Ruiz was one of the top two ranked contenders willing to fight for the vacant title, which prompted this fight.
Parker won the fight by majority decision, depriving Ruiz of becoming the first heavyweight of Mexican ancestry to win a world title. The fight was scored 114–114, 115–113, and 115–113 by the judges. According to CompuBox statistics, Parker landed 119 of 560 punches thrown (21 percent) and Ruiz landed 107 of his 416 thrown (26 percent).
Ruiz vs. Kevin Johnson
Ruiz was set to fight on July 7, 2018 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, against veteran journeyman Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 16 KOs). The main goal of this fight was for Ruiz to get some much-needed rounds in after only fighting for less than a round in over a year.
Ruiz dominated Johnson over ten rounds, winning unanimously with scores of 99–91, 97–93, and 97–93. Ruiz was active and in command for the majority of the fight.
Ruiz vs. Alexander Dimitrenko
On January 11, 2019, it was announced that Ruiz had signed a contract with powerful adviser Al Haymon and would now be a member of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).
On March 7, it was announced that Ruiz’s PBC debut would take place on the undercard of Danny Garca vs. Adrián Granados on April 20 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California against 36-year-old German boxer Alexander Dimitrenko (41-4, 26 KOs) in a ten-round bout.
Ruiz defeated Dimitrenko in the fifth round by TKO. Ruiz nearly knocked Dimitrenko out in round four, but Dimitrenko managed to make it to the end of the round. Ruiz landed 68 punches overall, while Dimitrenko only landed 21.
Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua
Joshua vs. Ruiz was confirmed and announced to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on May 1, one month before fight night. Ruiz defeated Joshua in the seventh round by technical knockout, capturing the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles.
After John Ruiz, Andy Ruiz was the first Mexican-American and second Hispanic heavyweight champion in boxing history.
It was announced in September 2019 that Ruiz would defend his titles against Joshua in a rematch. The fight broke the UK PPV record, with 1.575 million buys. Ruiz was defeated by unanimous decision in the rematch, with the three judges scoring the bout 118–110, 118–110, and 119–109.
Ruiz vs. Chris Arreola
Ruiz faced former WBC title challenger Chris Arreola on Fox PPV on May 1, 2021, in his first fight since losing his world titles. This was his first fight with new trainer Eddy Reynoso at his side. Ruiz came back from a knockdown in the second round to win a unanimous decision with scores of 118–109, 118–109, and 117–110.
Professional record summary
|36 fights||34 wins||2 losses|
Andy Ruiz is expected to have a net worth of $10 million as of 2021.
Ruiz grew up in Imperial, California, and graduated from Imperial High School in 2007. Ruiz considers himself to be both an American and a Mexican, and identifies with both.
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