Editor's letter | Issue | Premium | Aug 27 2019

The lessons Andy Ruiz should learn

The uproar about Andy Ruiz’s birthday party is unnecessary… at least for now
Andy Ruiz
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with Mexican-American heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz REUTERS

ANDY RUIZ JNR turned 30 last week and he had a party to celebrate. Yes, that’s right, a grown man celebrated his birthday with his friends. The same grown man who nearly three months ago scored one of the biggest upsets in boxing history to win three world heavyweight belts and millions and millions of dollars. Cue utter outrage. Ruiz should know better than to host a shindig with women serving sushi off their naked bodies! Ruiz should be in the gym, not shaking his behind to the music!

Fighters, particularly big winners in big fights, have been doing this kind of thing for years. The difference now, of course, is that we have camera phones and social media where shaky video footage becomes ‘news’ quicker than Ruiz can blow out his candles.

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