News | May 29 2019

Mexican greats inspire Andy Ruiz ahead of Anthony Joshua showdown

'Being a little chubby kid, underestimated and told I’m not going to be nothing, to do something is going to be good.' Andy Ruiz receives encouragement from Canelo and Chavez
Andy Ruiz
2019-05-28T071955Z_1757796573_RC1B5DBF37D0_RTRMADP_3_BOXING-HEAVYWEIGHT-JOSHUA-RUIZ-PREVIEW  |  Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

ANDY RUIZ is being driven to become Mexico’s first world heavyweight champion by support from his country’s greats, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez.

The 29-year-old fights IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on Saturday at New York’s Madison Square Garden, having demanded his chance as challenger when Jarrell Miller’s suspension ruled him out.

Of all the ways victory would transform his life, becoming a Mexican hero would perhaps be the most permanent, and, having witnessed the ways Alvarez, Chavez and others are revered by his compatriots, he is determined to make his country — and fellow fighters — similarly proud.