Andrés “Andy” Ponce Ruiz Junior, born September 11, 1989, is a professional boxer from the United States of Mexican ancestry. A boxing juggernaut compared to Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson in the heavyweight division of the sport, Andy Ruiz is a boxing underdog who rose to prominence by winning a technical knockout against Anthony Joshua.Andy Ruiz has three heavyweight championship titles: the IBO, the IBF, and the WBA heavyweight belts, all earned in a single fight.
Early Life of Andy Ruiz
Andrés Ponce Ruiz Junior was born in Imperial Valley, California, on September 11, 1989. Andy senior, his father, used to work in the construction industry. Ruiz was a baseball fan until his father forced him to become a boxer. Ruiz revealed his first fight when he was seven years old. Ruiz worked in construction alongside his father until he chose to pursue a career as a professional boxer, at which point he returned to Mexico to begin his career.
Career of Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz started his boxing career under the supervision of Fernando Ferrer. Ruiz also benefited from the presence of Andrei Arlovski, former UFC heavyweight champion. Previously in his career, the boxer had essentially faced journeymen opposition, but in 2006, he knocked out two amateur stars in US amateur champion Jonte Willis.
Andy Ruiz is a professional Mexican player who also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for his nation. He was tied with Robert Alfonso of Cuba in the first round. Unfortunately, he was defeated in the first round. On March 28, 2009, he made his professional debut against Miguel Ramirez at Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Baja, California, winning the first bout in a knockout in the first round.
He fought legends like Ross Brantley and Raymond Lopez. In 2013, he defeated Joe Hank in a WBO Intercontinental heavyweight bout; in December 2016, he battled Joseph Parker; in May 2016, he fought Ray Austin; in 2018, he fought Devin Vargas; and in 2019, he fought Alexander Dimitrenko. He also ended AnthonyJoshuain2013’s unbeaten run.
Ruiz was in the Cotai Arena in Macau on July 27, 2013, to compete for the vacant WBO championship in a ten-round fight against the undefeated Joe Hanks, who was 30 at the time and had a record of 21 – 0 14KOs. Ruiz defeated Joe Hanks in the fourth round to win the WBO heavyweight Intercontinental championship. He successfully defended his WBO heavyweight championship four months later in the same stadium, defeating Tor Harmer in the third round and earning the NABF title in the process.
Personal Life of Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz is happily married to Julie Ruiz, who has been his long-term lover. The couple has five children. Bella Ruiz is his older daughter, Andy Ruiz III is his older son, Richie Ruiz is his younger son, and Beverly Ruiz is his youngest child.
Net Worth of Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz has a net worth of $973 thousand dollars.
Physical Appearance of Andy Ruiz
Height6 feet 2 inchesWeight119 kgEye ColorDark BrownHair ColorBlack