News | Jun 03 2019

Andy Ruiz happy to ‘prove the doubters wrong’

Andy Ruiz, now Mexico's first heavyweight world champion, had been written off in the build up to the Joshua fight
Andy Ruiz
Ruiz celebrates a monumental victory

ANDY RUIZ revealed the extent to which being written off had inspired the shock victory over Anthony Joshua that gave him the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

The new champion, and the first from Mexico, had been dismissed again as recently as Friday’s weigh-in, where his fleshy appearance and the fact he outweighed Joshua by over 20 pounds encouraged the perception that he had little chance of success.

He had only been installed as his challenger with little over a month’s notice after a suspension for Joshua’s previous opponent Jarrell Miller had ruled him out, and he had also lost his only previous world title fight, in 2016 to Joseph Parker, who had since gone on to lose his undefeated record to Joshua.

 

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