Andy Ruiz Jr.

Weightclass: Heavyweight

  • 29wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 19kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Imperial Valley, California
Height:
6'2"
reach:
74”
Managers:
Self-managed
Trainers:
Abel Sanchez (Boxing Writers Association of America's "2015 Trainer of the Year")

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Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr.

At the age of 28, Andy is an eight-year pro. A rising young heavyweight contender – ranked No. 3 by the WBO – he is a former amateur standout.

In his last fight on December 10 in Auckland, New Zealand, he challenged hometown favorite Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title. Andy lost a very close and controversial 12-round majority decision – many observers thought he deserved to win.

BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec reported [excerpts]: Joseph Parker out-boxed Andy Ruiz to win a 12-round majority decision and the vacant WBO world heavyweight title at a sold-out Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Parker used his jab and athleticism to beat Ruiz by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 in a tactical fight.

Parker boxed well at times. The emerging star often was reluctant, though, to trade with a consistently aggressive Ruiz….

A busier Ruiz started strong, as he appeared to out-box Parker in the second and third rounds. Parker responded by boxing better in the fourth and fifth rounds, when he began using his jab effectively as Ruiz tried to walk him down.

Parker seemed to win the sixth and seventh rounds, though not in overly impressive fashion. Ruiz rallied in the eighth round, when he landed a couple of solid right hands from close range.

Parker took the ninth round, but Ruiz landed several noteworthy power punches in the 10th round to keep Parker honest. Parker regained control in the 11th and 12th rounds, and fended off the hard-charging Ruiz just enough to win on two of the three scorecards. [End Idec item]

In the ring after the fight, Andy said, “I think I had the pace by throwing the jab to the body and the face. We both did a great job. Hopefully I’ll come back, and maybe we’ll get the rematch.”

Andy started working with trainer Abel Sanchez, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2015 Trainer of the Year,” in early 2016. Sanchez owns The Summit Gym in Big Bear Lake, California – elevation 6,752 feet – where he also trains WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, IBF cruiserweight world champion Murat Gassiev, and others.

Abel said, “We work on everything in the gym – balance and punching technique – and all the things that are going to make Andy a more rounded fighter. Obviously, I don’t want to change too many things in a short period of time.”

Andy said, “What Abel Sanchez does, he gets you into tip-top shape. The conditioning – he makes you work really hard, man. He pushes your body to the limit. It’s a big difference from when I used to train in Las Vegas. I feel like I should have done this a long time ago. This has been the best thing – me being here, training really hard.

“And especially training right here with Triple-G – he was here, but he left for the holidays. He coaches me, as well – he makes me do a little extra from what Abel tells me, but that’s what I need. He’s a good guy. We all work as a team here.”

In earlier interviews, Andy said, “I represent Mexicali, Baja California. I always trained in Mexicali since I was young.

“I’m a fast, explosive guy, pressure. I try to dominate my opponent. When I was an amateur, everybody would say, “This kid is really slick, really fast.’ When I came to the pros, I used that speed and it’s working pretty good.

“I’m taking my time, not doing it too fast.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Andy said, “I was born in Imperial Valley, California. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My dad, Andres Ruiz, has his own construction company and my mom, Felicitas Ruiz, she’s a housewife. I’m the only boxer in the family. My grandfather used to be a trainer.

“I was six years old when I first started training and I was seven years old when I had my first fight. I was a little troublemaker when I was young. I was fighting and all that, and my dad just took me in there to the gym.

“I had 135 amateur fights – I probably had 11 losses and the rest wins. I was on the Mexican Olympic team, fighting over there in the Trials to qualify for the Olympics. We traveled to Cuba and to China, to Guatemala, a lot of places to go compete.

“When I was on the Olympic team, I was training in Mexicali. I started training there when I was about 13. Ever since I was young, I was on the Baja team – like the national team for younger kids. Some Cuban guy trained me. I made the Olympic team when I was 17.”…

fight history

  • 2010

    on 12-4-10 in Anaheim, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Francisco Diaz (2-4): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Humberto Soto-Urbano Antillon main event, and Andy quickly overpowered Diaz; he scored a knockdown with a left hook that dropped Diaz to one knee in the 1st round; Andy scored another knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination that dropped Diaz face-first in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:08…

    On 11-20-10 in Thackerville he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Raymundo Lopez (2-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Raul Martinez-Rodrigo Guerrero main event; Andy consistently outboxed and outworked Lopez, and dominated the fight; scored 40-36, 40-36, 40-35…

    On 10-16-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Miles Kelly (1-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Silverton Casino; Andy scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:06…

    On 3-12-10 in Grapevine, TX, he won by TKO (1st round) against late substitute Luke Vaughn (0-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Richie Mepranum-Hernan Marquez main event; Andy quickly overpowered Vaughn in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:55…

    On 2-12-10 in Mexicali, MX, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Juan Lopez (0-3-1)…

    On 6-26-09 in Mexicali he won by TKO (1st round) against Ross Brantley (1-10-1): Andy scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:37…

    He debuted at the age of 19 on 3-28-09 in Tijuana, MX, and won by TKO (1st round, 0:34) against Miguel Ramirez (0-1)…

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  • 2011

    on 12-17-11 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Theron Johnson (5-6): the bout was co-featured with the Roberto Marroquin-Carlos Valcarcel main event, and Andy dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and consistently outboxed and outworked Johnson; scored 60-53 on all three scorecards…

    On 9-17-11 in Parker, AZ, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Ken Frank (6-3-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Mercito Gesta-Manuel Perez main event, and Andy quickly overpowered him; andy scored a knockdown in the 2nd round – Frank got up, but Andy rocked him with series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53…

    On 7-15-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against Vili Bloomfield (9-6-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Alejandro Perez main event; Andy repeatedly rocked Bloomfield with combinations to the body and head, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:04 of the 4th round…

    On 4-23-11 in Thackerville he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Angel Herrera (6-4-3): the fight was on the undercard of the Frankie Leal-Roberto Marroquin main event; Andy dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-53…

    On 2-26-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Alvaro Morales (5-8-5): the bout was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Miguel Acosta main event; Andy consistently outboxed and outworked Morales, and won by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 60-54…

    On 2-5-11 in Maywood, CA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Kelsey Arnold (4-6-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Dyah Davis-Francisco Sierra main event, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he staggered Arnold and bloodied his nose with a right hand in the 1st round; he staggered Arnold with a series of punches in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:19…

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  • 2012

    on 12-7-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Elijah McCall (11-1-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Jessie Vargas-Vito Gasparyan main event, and Andy dominated; he consistently landed the harder punches and staggered McCall late in the 2nd round; Andy rocked McCall with an unanswered series of punches late in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    On 9-13-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (1st round) against Maurenzo Smith (11-2-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Smith flat on his back in the 1st round, and he was counted out at 2:11…

    On 7-7-12 in Carson he won by TKO (8th round) against Jonte Willis (8-3-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula main event; Andy dominated the fight – he consistently outworked Willis and landed the harder punches, and Willis’s right eye became badly swollen in the 3rd round; Andy scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 8th, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:54…

    On 3-23-12 in Tucson, AZ, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Homero Fonseca (9-4-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Fernando Beltran Jr. main event, and Andy dominated; he outboxed and outworked Fonseca, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards…

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