Andy Ruiz Jr.

Weightclass: Heavyweight

  • 31wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 20kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Imperial Valley, California
Height:
6'2"
reach:
74”
Managers:
Self-managed
Trainers:
Manny Robles

fighter feed

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Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz Jr.

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.”

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 7-7-18 in Fresno, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Kevin Johnson (32-9-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Juan Abreu main event, and Andy dominated the fight; he consistently out-worked Johnson, landed the harder punches, and rocked him several times; scored 99-91, 97-93, 97-93.

    On 3-10-18 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against 2004 U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas (20-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg main event, and ended with a one-punch knockout; Andy scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:38.

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  • 2016

    VACANT WBO H WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – On 12-10-16 in Auckland, NZ, he lost a 12 round majority decision against hometown favorite Joseph Parker (21-0): the bout headlined at Vector Arena and drew a capacity crowd of around 10,000; it was a good fight, and very close – Andy constantly pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Parker boxed and moved well and scored repeatedly with his jab and right hands; both had rallies in the middle and late rounds, and the momentum shifted back and forth; it looked like the decision could go either way and many observers thought Andy deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113, 115-113, 114-114.

    5TH NABF H TITLE DEFENSE – On 9-10-16 in Lemoore, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Franklin Lawrence (21-2-2): the bout headlined at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, and Andy dominated the fight; he staggered Lawrence in the 2nd round, and consistently out-boxed and out-worked him throughout the fight; scored 99-91, 99-91, 100-90.

    On 7-16-16 in Detroit, MI, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Josh Gormley (22-4): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Masonic Temple, and Andy quickly overpowered him; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Gormley with body punches; Andy staggered him in the 1st round, and scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd; he scored another knockdown early in the 3rd round – Gormley got up, but Andy staggered him with a left hook and the referee stopped the fight at 1:42.

    4TH NABF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Ray Austin (29-6-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Andy dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 1st round, and rocked Austin repeatedly in the following rounds; Austin claimed he injured his hand, and did not continue after the 4th round.

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  • 2015

    On 10-24-15 in Omaha, NB, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Raphael Zumbano (37-11-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Dierry Jean main event, and Andy dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Zumbano, lanced the harder punches and rocked him repeatedly; scored 80-72, 80-72, 80-80.

    3RD NABF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 9-26-15 in Lemoore he won an 8 round unanimous decision against late substitute Joell Godfrey (17-14-1): the bout headlined at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, and Andy dominated the fight; scored 80-72 on all three scorecards.

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