ANDY RUIZ JR still has the same short and spherical physique that made pretty much everyone on the planet write off his chances of beating Anthony Joshua six months ago.
But there’s differences too. There’s a sturdiness about him that wasn’t apparent before his breakout fight in New York. Back then, when he greeted the British media for the first time, my first thought was it must have been Ruiz’s little brother because the man I was looking at looked nothing like a heavyweight boxer. I spied over his shoulder and waited for the real Andy Ruiz Jr to enter the scene. Which of course he did, five days later, when he steamrolled Joshua in a little over 20 minutes of mind-bending drama.
That perception of Ruiz’s body – which has retained its wobble, by the way – is now wrecking ball rather than beach ball. “Wow,” someone said at the open workouts on Tuesday night as Andy Ruiz blazed through a nifty little routine with his trainer, Manny Robles. “He’s so damn strong. He’s immoveable.”