Andy Ruiz
Weightclass:
Heavyweight
Age:
25
Birthplace:
Imperial, California
Record:
23-0, 17 KOs
Height:
6'2"
Reach:
74”
Managers:
Joe Gagliardi
Trainers:
Jeff Grmoja
biography
“The Destroyer” 

Twitter: @AndyDestroyer13
Ranked WBO #3, WBC #14 at heavyweight…
NABF heavyweight champion, one successful defense…
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 25, Andy is a five-year pro. A young heavyweight contender, he is a former amateur standout.
He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress – this is his third fight of 2014 and he fought four times in 2013, four times in 2012, six times in 2011, and five times in 2010.
Andy has stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights and won his last nine fights by knockout.
In his last fight on October 25, Andy won by first-round TKO against Kenny Lemos.
In his previous fight on May 17, Andy scored a second-round TKO win against Manuel Quezeda.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Ruiz is an intriguing heavyweight prospect. He doesn't look like he is in good condition, but he has fast hands and good power. He was taking on the experienced Quezada and took him out with ease.
It was all Ruiz in the first round even before he landed a series of overhand rights that drove Quezada to a knee for a knockdown with about 25 seconds left in the round. In the second round, a four-punch combination, capped by another overhand right, dropped Quezada again to his knees. He barely beat the count, which was probably not a good idea.
All it meant was that Ruiz had another opportunity to hammer him with punches, which he did. Finally, after an...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 10-25-14 in Fresno, CA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Kenny Lemos (12-8-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-main events at the Selland Arena; Andy quickly overpowered him, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:18…
1ST NABF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-17-14 in Fresno he won by TKO (2nd round) against Manuel Quezada (29-8): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured at Selland Arena, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of right hands in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd – Quezada got up, but Andy staggered him again and the referee stopped the fight at 2:00…
 
2013 – WON VACANT NABF H TITLE – on 11-24-13 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Tor Hamer (21-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event; Hamer outworked Andy in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Andy rocked him in the 3rd, and Hamer did not continue after the round…
On 7-27-13 in Macau 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; he 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…
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,...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Andy said, “I was born in Imperial, California. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My dad works in construction and my mom, 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.
“I’m naturally righthanded. I have a girlfriend, Sandra Sampson, and I have two kids – one boy and one girl. My daughter, Bella Angelique, is five years old, and my son, Andy III, he’s two.”…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2008 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Naucalpan, Mexico (state), Mexico, 201+ pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 12-10-08 he stopped (3rd round) Jose Luis Castro; 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 (2nd round) Juan Isidro Hiracheta…
2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-08 he stopped (1st round) German Sandi of Costa Rica; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-08 he lost a 16-4 decision against...
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Biography

“The Destroyer” 

  • Twitter: @AndyDestroyer13
  • Ranked WBO #3, WBC #14 at heavyweight…
  • NABF heavyweight champion, one successful defense…
  • 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 25, Andy is a five-year pro. A young heavyweight contender, he is a former amateur standout.

He has stayed active in the ring and made good progress – this is his third fight of 2014 and he fought four times in 2013, four times in 2012, six times in 2011, and five times in 2010.

Andy has stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights and won his last nine fights by knockout.

In his last fight on October 25, Andy won by first-round TKO against Kenny Lemos.

In his previous fight on May 17, Andy scored a second-round TKO win against Manuel Quezeda.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Ruiz is an intriguing heavyweight prospect. He doesn't look like he is in good condition, but he has fast hands and good power. He was taking on the experienced Quezada and took him out with ease.

It was all Ruiz in the first round even before he landed a series of overhand rights that drove Quezada to a knee for a knockdown with about 25 seconds left in the round. In the second round, a four-punch combination, capped by another overhand right, dropped Quezada again to his knees. He barely beat the count, which was probably not a good idea.

All it meant was that Ruiz had another opportunity to hammer him with punches, which he did. Finally, after an overhand right staggered Quezada, [the] referee stepped in and stopped the fight at 2 minutes.

It was an impressive performance from Ruiz.... [End Rafael item]

Andy was trained by Freddie Roach early in his career, but with Freddie’s long roster of fighters and extremely busy schedule, Andy relocated to Las Vegas in 2012 to receive more full-time attention in the gym.

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, eversybody 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.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 10-25-14 in Fresno, CA, he won by TKO (1st round) against Kenny Lemos (12-8-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-main events at the Selland Arena; Andy quickly overpowered him, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:18…

1ST NABF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-17-14 in Fresno he won by TKO (2nd round) against Manuel Quezada (29-8): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured at Selland Arena, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of right hands in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd – Quezada got up, but Andy staggered him again and the referee stopped the fight at 2:00…

 

2013 – WON VACANT NABF H TITLE – on 11-24-13 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Tor Hamer (21-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event; Hamer outworked Andy in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Andy rocked him in the 3rd, and Hamer did not continue after the round…

On 7-27-13 in Macau 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; he 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…

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…

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…

 

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…

 

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 fight 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 bout 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)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Andy said, “I was born in Imperial, California. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My dad works in construction and my mom, 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.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I have a girlfriend, Sandra Sampson, and I have two kids – one boy and one girl. My daughter, Bella Angelique, is five years old, and my son, Andy III, he’s two.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Naucalpan, Mexico (state), Mexico, 201+ pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals on 12-10-08 he stopped (3rd round) Jose Luis Castro; 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 (2nd round) Juan Isidro Hiracheta

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 201+ pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-08 he stopped (1st round) German Sandi of Costa Rica; 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, 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 (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

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 5 years, 9 months…23 fights…73 total rounds..

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.1 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 73 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 0…8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…6 rounds – 3 (3-0)…