At the age of 27, Andy is a seven-year pro. A rising young heavyweight contender, he is a former amateur standout.
He stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2013, three in 2014, and two in 2015, and made good progress – he stepped up in class of opposition, gave impressive performances, and broke into the world Top 10 ratings. He has now fought three times in 2016.
In his last fight on September 10 in Lemoore, California, he won a 10-roud unanimous decision against Franklin Lawrence.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Ruiz went into the main event knowing there were big things to come with a victory and he secured his next fight with near-shutout decision against Lawrence, whose nine-fight winning streak came to an end.
Ruiz hurt Lawrence in the second round and proceeded to dominate the remainder of the fight in a methodical performance.
With the win, Ruiz set himself up for a world title elimination fight with Hughie Fury, the 21-year-old first cousin of heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. [End Rafael item]
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.”