At the age of 28, Andy is a nine-year pro. A heavyweight contender, he is a former amateur standout.
Andy challenged hometown favorite Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO heavyweight world title on December 10 in Auckland, New Zealand, but lost a very close and controversial 12-round majority decision – many observers thought he deserved to win.
He’s come back with two wins since then.
In his last fight on July 7, 2018, in Fresno, California, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Kevin Johnson.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Andy Ruiz easily won by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 97-93 over Johnson, who landed a few stiff jabs but did little else.
Ruiz was fighting for only the second time since he dropped a tight majority decision to Joseph Parker for a vacant world title in December 2016. Ruiz did not fight again until March, when he blew out 2004 U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas in the first round, so promoter Top Rank was hoping Ruiz would be extended to get in some rounds, which is Johnson’s specialty. He has only been stopped twice in his career, and while Ruiz didn’t come close to knocking him out, he did stun him a few times, including when he pinned him in the corner during the fifth round. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Andy said, “I still need some work, but having these 10 rounds was a good experience. We’re just improving and getting better. I’d love to face Jarrell Miller or any of the big guys out there, and they’ll probably underestimate me after this performance. The next one will be different.”
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.”