Andy Ruiz

Andy Ruiz Jr., born in 1989, is an American boxer of Mexican origins. Former IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion. He was also the first Mexican heavyweight world champion after dethroning Anthony Joshua, however he lost the titles in a rematch with Joshua himself 6 months later, on December 7, 2019.

Ruiz Jr. was born in Imperial Valley to Mexican parents, both immigrants. Growing up in poor economic situations, before taking up boxing he tried his hand at baseball.

He started boxing at the age of 10 and quickly became one of the best boxers around at an amateur level. At the age of 20 he made his professional boxing debut, beating his compatriot Miguel Ramirez in the first round. In 2016, after four defenses, he decided to make both belts vacant. On December 10 of the same year he suffered his first defeat at the hands of Joseph Parker. The fight, lost on points, was valid for the WBO world title. He then improved his score by beating Devin Vargas, Kevin Johnson and Oleksandr Dymytrenko.

He thus receives the opportunity to challenge Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden on June 1, 2019. Against all odds, Ruiz triumphed in the seventh round by TKO, becoming IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight world champion.

In the rematch which took place on December 7, 2019 at the Dirʿiyya Arena in Dirʿiyya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ruiz Jr. was defeated on points in the twelfth round by unanimous verdict, and lost the belts to Joshua.