Andy Ruiz Jr. Might Be A New Boxing Champion But He Doesn’t Start Any Fight Without His Snickers
The night of June 1, 2019, will forever live in the minds of boxing fans and in the hearts of Latinos worldwide. Andy Ruiz Jr, a son of the border, the face of Mexican-American cultural identity, defied all odds and knocked out the unbeaten, Adonis-like, British megastar Anthony Joshua. It was a sight hard to believe: the world champion down, the pudgy Mexican challenger having just put him on the canvas with a lethal combination. Ruiz became the first ever Mexican world champion (he IS Mexican, so let’s put that controversy to rest, more below) to win the heavyweight championship of the world. Yes, the man from Mexicali became the successor to famous athletes like Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield, and Mike Tyson. We are still scratching our heads and raising our hands in triumph at the near-impossible feat that Andy pulled off.
Felicidades, pinche Andy, campeón del mundo.
The road to that historic night at Madison Square Garden wasn’t easy, though, and Ruiz had to fight prejudice for years. Here is what you need to know about our own Latino Rocky, sí se pudo chingaos.
He was born on 11 September 1989 (age 29 years) in Imperial Valley, California, United States.
However, he has gone back and forth Mexico and the United States for all his life, and represented the state of Baja California and then Mexico in his amateur career. He has a Mexican passport and is, by all means, Mexican, so let that controversy rest, por el amor de Dios!
His win is the biggest upset in boxing since Mike Tyson lost his undefeated record to Buster Douglas.
It will be years before an upset of this magnitude is witnessed again in boxing. Ruiz was a 25-1 underdog, and very few saw a possible avenue for his win. The KO made us remember the fateful night of February 11, 1990, when journeyman James Buster Douglas knocked out Iron Mike Tyson to snatch his titles and his aura of invincibility. Ruiz’s performance was as amazing and Douglas’, and the shakeup in the sports world as big. We still can’t believe it or wipe the smile off our proud Latino faces.
He had fought just five weeks prior and got this shot at the title by chance.
The now-former champ Anthony Joshua was slated to fight Jerral Baby Miller from New York, but when the challenger was found guilty of doping English promoter Eddie Hearn started a mad search for an opponent. Ruiz pushed his case based on a great performance just five weeks ago and also based on the fact that he had only lost once in a very disputed decision to former world champ Joseph Parker of New Zealand. A true Rocky story! At first, the promoters were hesitant in choosing him as an opponent for AJ’s US debut, they said fans would laugh when Ortiz took his shirt off at the weigh-in.
He was about to quit boxing because critics called him fat.
In a culture that values body image above almost an anything else, Ruiz’s body type did not fit the standards of elite heavyweight boxing. It is quite contradictory how NFL linebackers with panza are considered elite athletes but Ruiz wasn’t. Instead of quitting he just decided to let his fists talk in the ring. His is a story of bashing stereotypes. We are sure he could trim down and fight in a lower division, but he chose to compete in the king of divisiones del boxeo.
It got really nasty, but Andy les calló el hocico.
So much of the press in the days leading up to the fight focused on Andy’s body that Joshua’s fans, and perhaps AJ himself, got overconfident. During the weigh-in, they called Andy “fat bastard”. Who is the loser now, eh?
In fact, boxing commentators attributed his magnificent win to old-fashioned huevos!
Ruiz followed a strict training regime and followed the Floyd Mayweather motto: hard work, dedication! He has taught the boxing world that there is no such thing as impossible and that anyone can implement the perfect game plan and come out the winner.
Canelo came to his defense when commentators started trashing him for his built.
Stephen A. Smith from ESPN twitted a very disrespectful message saying that Andy was Butter Bean, a boxer-circus act who has massive and KOd second-rate boxers in the 1990s. This was terrible, and other commentators and boxers like Canelo came out in Andy’s defense, pointing out Smith’s plain and simple ignorance.
Don’t let his panza fool you.
Ruiz is quick as hell, a rare quality in heavyweight boxing. His hand speed is his best asset and the few who gave him a chance singled out his capacity to produce punches in bunches. He executed the perfect plan against Joshua, and it paid off. Con creces.
His motivation: providing for his amá.
After the fight, he sent a message to his mom. We won’t struggle anymore, he said. Those words resonated with millions of working-class families the world over.
He eats a Snickers chocolate bar before each fight.
Yes. And he laughs at himself for doing so. Whatever gives him the energy and drive right?
His win was no fluke, it was not a lucky punch that made him a champion.
Ruiz’s win has been compared to the two KO loses suffered by another British boxer, Lennox Lewis, in the 1990s. However, the men who defeated Lewis, Oliver McCall and Hassim Rahman, landed the perfect punch at the perfect time. This was not the case with Ruiz, who executed a perfect plan to neutralize Joshua’s massive advantage in reach and athletic ability. Ruiz countered Joshua perfectly every time the Brit tried to land his left hook, a punch feared by everyone in the division. Ruiz found and opening and BOLAS, he landed a punch to the temple in the third round that basically won him the fight. He dropped Joshua once more in that round and then was patient, stalking the bigger man and getting to the body (old Mexican trainers say: mata al cuerpo y la cabeza cae sola). In the seventh, Ruiz let Joshua open up and BAM! fight over. If someone told you he got lucky, tell them off!
Joshua was a class act in defeat.
Joshua is a gentleman, that is for sure, and he offered no excuses in defeat. Rather, he said that it was Andy’s night and that the spotlight should be on him. If only all men in a position of power were as classy as AJ.
Andy Ruiz Jr is now an Internet sensation.
Since is win on Saturday, dozens of memes have popped up, exalting the surprising nature of his win and the massiveness of his accomplishment. You made us proud, Andy. CARAJO, SI SE PUDO!
And like siempre pasa, Latino humor has stolen the show!
We mean, a few good laughs are alright, o no?