Andy Ruiz
Weightclass:
Heavyweight
Age:
24
Birthplace:
Imperial, California
Record:
21-0, 15 KOs
Height:
6'2"
Reach:
74”
Managers:
Joe Gagliardi
Trainers:
Jeff Grmoja
biography
“The Destroyer” 

Ranked WBO #3, WBC #13, IBF #14 at heavyweight…
NABF heavyweight champion…
WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion…
2008 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds - Gold Medalist…
2007 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds – Gold Medalist…
2005 Mexican Junior National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds - Gold Medalist…

At the age of 24, Andy is a five-year pro. A young heavyweight prospect, he is a former amateur standout.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. He fought four times in 2013, with all four wins coming by knockout, and he fought four times in 2012, six times in 2011, and five times in 2010.
Andy won the vacant NABF heavyweight title with a third-round TKO against Tor Hamer in his last fight on November 24 in Macau.
In his previous fight on July 27 in Macau, he scored another impressive win -- a fourth-round TKO against previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a fascinating match between two heavyweight prospects, both former amateur standouts, risking their perfect records against the best opponent each had ever faced. It was the kind of fight that will move Ruiz, the impressive winner, into a higher-profile fight and send Hanks back to the drawing board.
Ruiz…has excellent power, fast hands and is very quick on his feet.
Ruiz asserted himself early, moving Hanks back with a solid jab. His speed advantage was evident. He had Hanks in a bit of trouble after landing a solid combination in the second round. Midway through the fourth round, Ruiz leveled Hanks with a fast, clean left hook to the jaw. Hanks barely beat the count from referee Rafael Ramos and hadn't totally recovered...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 7-27-13 in Macau, CH, he won by TKO (4th round) against previously undefeated Joe Hanks (21-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Jesus Ortega main event, and Andy dominated; he outworked Hanks and landed the harder punches in the 1st round, and rocked him in the 2nd; Andy scored two knockdowns in the 4th round – the first with a left hook, the second with a right hand-left hook-left hook combination – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:41; after the fight Andy said, "As soon as I threw that hook and the uppercut and it got under his chin, I got him."...
On 6-8-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (1st round) against Carl Davis (16-5): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns early in the 1st round, both with left hooks, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:25; after the fight, Andy said, "They were talking a lot of stuff back in the locker room and walking out, so I just got myself into the zone. When I get in that 'Destroyer' mode, I'm coming after them to finish the fight."...
On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Matthew Greer (15-9): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first and second with left hooks to the body, the third with a right hand - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:53; after the fight, Andy said, ""I hit him with some body shots and you could hear they were taking a lot out of him. He would groan each time I hit him in the body. You could see him trying to protect his body with his elbows. I...
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AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2008 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Naucalpan, Mexico (state), Mexico, 201+ pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 12-10-08 he stopped Jose Luis Castro in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 12-11-08 he won a 12-0 decision against Yusett Savala; in the finals on 12-12-08 he stopped Juan Isidro Hiracheta in the 2nd round…
2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Guatemala City, Guatemala, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-08 he stopped German Sandi of Costa Rica in the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-08 he lost a 16-4 decision against Oscar Rivas of Colombia…
2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Port of Spain, Trinidad, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 3-12-08 he won a 24-7 decision against Geraldo Bisbal of Puerto Rico; in the quarterfinals on 3-15-08 he lost a 7-3 decision against Roberto Alfonso of Cuba…
2008 DUAL U.S.-MEXICO, San Diego, California, 201+ pounds: on 1-18-08 he lost a 16-9 decision against Mike Wilson of the U.S….
2007 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 201+ pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals on 12-7-07 he won by walkover against Alex Rivera…
2007 PRE-OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 201+ pounds: in the quarterfinals on 11-19-07 he lost a 28-9 decision against Zhang Zhilei of China…
2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chicago, Illinois, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 10-24-07 he was stopped in the 3rd round against Michael Hunter of the U.S….
2005 MEXICAN JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, 201+ pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals on 5-28-05 he won by walkover against Luis Zapari; in the finals on 5-30-05 he won an 18-11 decision against Carlos Saucedo…
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Biography

“The Destroyer” 

  • Ranked WBO #3, WBC #13, IBF #14 at heavyweight…
  • NABF heavyweight champion…
  • WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion…
  • 2008 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds - Gold Medalist…
  • 2007 Mexican National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2005 Mexican Junior National Championships (amateur), 201+ pounds - Gold Medalist…

At the age of 24, Andy is a five-year pro. A young heavyweight prospect, he is a former amateur standout.

He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress. He fought four times in 2013, with all four wins coming by knockout, and he fought four times in 2012, six times in 2011, and five times in 2010.

Andy won the vacant NABF heavyweight title with a third-round TKO against Tor Hamer in his last fight on November 24 in Macau.

In his previous fight on July 27 in Macau, he scored another impressive win -- a fourth-round TKO against previously undefeated prospect Joe Hanks.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was a fascinating match between two heavyweight prospects, both former amateur standouts, risking their perfect records against the best opponent each had ever faced. It was the kind of fight that will move Ruiz, the impressive winner, into a higher-profile fight and send Hanks back to the drawing board.

Ruiz…has excellent power, fast hands and is very quick on his feet.

Ruiz asserted himself early, moving Hanks back with a solid jab. His speed advantage was evident. He had Hanks in a bit of trouble after landing a solid combination in the second round. Midway through the fourth round, Ruiz leveled Hanks with a fast, clean left hook to the jaw. Hanks barely beat the count from referee Rafael Ramos and hadn't totally recovered when, a moment later, Ruiz hammered him with a three-punch combination and sent him to the canvas again. This time Ramos immediately called the fight off, at 1 minute, 41 seconds. This was a big win for Ruiz, who is definitely a young heavyweight to keep and eye on. [End Rafael item]

In December, 2007, Andy fought another fellow-prospect -- Elijah McCall, the son of former WBC heavyweight world champion Oliver McCall -- and won by third-round TKO.

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.”

Regarding his start in boxing, he said, “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. I made the Olympic team when I was 17.”…

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 7-27-13 in Macau, CH, he won by TKO (4th round) against previously undefeated Joe Hanks (21-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Jesus Ortega main event, and Andy dominated; he outworked Hanks and landed the harder punches in the 1st round, and rocked him in the 2nd; Andy scored two knockdowns in the 4th round – the first with a left hook, the second with a right hand-left hook-left hook combination – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:41; after the fight Andy said, "As soon as I threw that hook and the uppercut and it got under his chin, I got him."...

On 6-8-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (1st round) against Carl Davis (16-5): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns early in the 1st round, both with left hooks, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:25; after the fight, Andy said, "They were talking a lot of stuff back in the locker room and walking out, so I just got myself into the zone. When I get in that 'Destroyer' mode, I'm coming after them to finish the fight."...

On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Matthew Greer (15-9): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first and second with left hooks to the body, the third with a right hand - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:53; after the fight, Andy said, ""I hit him with some body shots and you could hear they were taking a lot out of him. He would groan each time I hit him in the body. You could see him trying to protect his body with his elbows. I was in shape to go eight rounds. We had been sparring with four-minute rounds so when I got in there, three minutes didn’t seem like that much work."...

 

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 - the son of former WBC heavyweight world champion Oliver McCall - with an unanswered series of punches late in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59; after the fight, Andy said, "The plan was to use the jab and go in really strong I wasn’t trying to get wild. I was just picking my shots. It was a good stoppage. He was going to get seriously hurt."...

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 fight 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…

 

2011 - on 12-17-11 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Theron Johnson (5-6): the fight 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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…

 

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 bout 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 fight 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 fight 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)…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 5 years, 1 months…21 fights…70 total rounds..

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.3 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…6 rounds – 3 (3-0)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Naucalpan, Mexico (state), Mexico, 201+ pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 12-10-08 he stopped Jose Luis Castro in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 12-11-08 he won a 12-0 decision against Yusett Savala; in the finals on 12-12-08 he stopped Juan Isidro Hiracheta in the 2nd round…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Guatemala City, Guatemala, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-08 he stopped German Sandi of Costa Rica in the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-08 he lost a 16-4 decision against Oscar Rivas of Colombia…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER - Port of Spain, Trinidad, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 3-12-08 he won a 24-7 decision against Geraldo Bisbal of Puerto Rico; in the quarterfinals on 3-15-08 he lost a 7-3 decision against Roberto Alfonso of Cuba…

2008 DUAL U.S.-MEXICO, San Diego, California, 201+ pounds: on 1-18-08 he lost a 16-9 decision against Mike Wilson of the U.S….

2007 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 201+ pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals on 12-7-07 he won by walkover against Alex Rivera

2007 PRE-OLYMPIC TOURNAMENT - Beijing, Peoples Republic of China, 201+ pounds: in the quarterfinals on 11-19-07 he lost a 28-9 decision against Zhang Zhilei of China…

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chicago, Illinois, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 10-24-07 he was stopped in the 3rd round against Michael Hunter of the U.S….

2005 MEXICAN JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, 201+ pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the semifinals on 5-28-05 he won by walkover against Luis Zapari; in the finals on 5-30-05 he won an 18-11 decision against Carlos Saucedo