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This Mexican Boxer Just Pulled The Most Iconic Upset Making History As The First Mexican Heavyweight Champion

History was made over the weekend when Andy Ruiz Jr. pulled off the biggest heavyweight upset of his generation. With a technical knock out (TKO) in the seventh round, Ruiz knocked out three-belt heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to become the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title.

It was a moment few saw coming and even more could ever imagine as Ruiz wasn’t even scheduled to be involved in the match as early as six weeks ago. He was a replacement for what was supposed to be a match between Joshua and Jarrell Miller, who submitted three positive drug tests.

At 6-foot-2 and 268 pounds, Ruiz proved he was fit enough to knock down Joshua four times and complete the amazing upset.

Prior to Saturday night, Ruiz entered the match as a huge +1100 underdog. These odds made his seventh-round victory over the then-undefeated Joshua notable, marking one of the biggest upsets in recent heavyweight boxing history.

It took less than 20 minutes for the 29-year-old boxer became the WBA, IBF, IBO, and WBO heavyweight champion. But it was after the fight where Ruiz made the upset even more special when he recognized the gravity of the moment.

“I just feel so good, man,” Ruiz said, according to USA Today. “This is what I’ve been dreaming about, this is what I’ve been working hard for. I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.”

Ruiz grew up in the U.S.-Mexico border town of Imperial, east of San Diego.

Ruiz comes from humble beginnings as he grew up in a farming town near the U.S.-Mexico border. From the age of six, Ruiz started his boxing career and would train with his father. He would take Ruiz with him for daily training sessions in Mexicali and would endure 90-minute waits at the border crossing.

Ahead of the match, Ruiz acknowledged the significance of what a victory would mean not only to him but Mexicans overall. He said at times it bothers him “the way a lot of people talk about Mexicans” and wanted the fight to prove otherwise.

“It means a lot, especially knowing I’ve worked from 6 years old to get to where I’m at now,” Ruiz told the LA Times. “But it won’t mean something only to me. Each Mexican has his own dream, and I’ve come to believe as long as we focus, you can accomplish anything you want. So maybe by winning, I can change some minds.”

In a heartfelt moment after the fight, Ruiz said the victory meant he wouldn’t “have to struggle no more.”

In an emotional press conference, Ruiz was moved to tears as he thanked his trainers and family. But it was the moment that Ruiz brought up his mother and the struggles they’ve endured that brought the moment into perspective.

“Mom, I love you, Our lives are gonna change. We don’t have to struggle no more,” Ruiz said as a Mexican flag hung behind him. “Thanks to god, everything happened for a reason.”

Even Joshua took the time to congratulate Ruiz over the upset victory.

Well, many had expected Joshua to win the fight without much challenge, Ruiz proved it’s not always that easy. Throughout boxing history, there have been many upsets and this match etched its name to that long list.

Joshua humbly congratulated Ruiz for the victory on Twitter saying “This is Andy’s night, congratulations Champ.” Even former UFC champion Conor McGregor chimed in on the upset. “It is never over until it’s over with the Mexicans. God bless them. Congrats Andy Ruiz.”

The world will never forget the night the first boxer of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title was crowned.

Many online acknowledged not only the upset but who Ruiz is as a person and what he represents. “Congratulations Andy Ruiz Jr – you are a real-life Rocky 👏👏👏👏👏 Viva Le Mexico, I hope this is going to inspire the next generation,” one Twitter user said.

Another Twitter user said Ruiz represents the best of Mexicans with the hard nose victory. “They might be born in the US but they know damn straight to represent 🇲🇽🇲🇽 because we have fucking heart and the drive. They have that Mexican blood and that’s what counts.”

Ruiz represents the best of us all. Counted down but never out. His story is one of many that brings pride and true resilience in the face of adversity.

“I wanted to prove everybody wrong, all the doubters thinking I was going to lose,” Ruiz said. “I can’t believe I just made my dreams come true.”

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This Central California Artist Is Celebrating Latino Culture One Greeting Card At A Time

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This Central California Artist Is Celebrating Latino Culture One Greeting Card At A Time

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Jesus Ruvalcaba was an artist looking for more creative freedom in his life. Even after getting a job as an art director at eBay and Hewlett-Packard in Silicon Valley, the then 36-year-old felt complacent. It was a stop at a grocery store when he went to buy his mother a birthday card that a light bulb flashed in his head. 

“I looked at all these cards but couldn’t find something that resonated with my Latino culture,” Ruvalcaba said. “I felt that an entire population group was being ignored.”

That night planted the seeds of what would eventually become Paper Tacos, a greeting card business focusing on Mexican culture and traditions. From get well soon messages that read “sana sana colita de rana” ((heal, heal little frog) to birthday cards that read “sapo verde,” Ruvalcaba had tapped into a demographic that wasn’t typically represented in the greeting card business. 

“I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt like this,” he said. “This was more than just about a greeting card but seeing my culture being seen.” 

Ruvalcaba, the son of two Mexican immigrants, got most of his inspiration growing up in the Central Valley fields of California. He worked alongside his parents in the isolated artichoke fields where he learned to draw. 

Credit: Jesus Ruvalcaba / Paper Tacos

Ruvalcaba knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age and says growing up he would usually be found carrying around a sketchbook full of drawings. He didn’t grow up with much as his parents were Mexican immigrants who worked tirelessly as fieldworkers in the central California valley in cities like Castroville and later in Salinas. 

“My parents didn’t really know a lick of English so my drawings did a lot of the talking for me,” he says. “We didn’t have much growing up but they would buy me art supplies and always encouraged me to keep drawing.”

Those drawings would pave the way for a career in animation as Ruvalcaba became the first in his family to graduate college obtained a degree in graphic design at California State University Monterey Bay and eventually his Master’s degree. Shortly after, he would find himself in Silicon Valley working for companies like eBay and Hewlett-Packard as an art director. 

Ruvalcaba knew he could still do more with his talents. After attending a Dia de los Muertos art event in 2016, he met another artist selling Spanish prints with Mexican slogans. He was then reminded of that night at the market when he couldn’t find a Spanish greeting card for his mom. 

“It hit me right there and then that if I could come up with greeting cards that have Mexican sayings like “sana sana colita de rana,” I could tap into a market that was never really acknowledged prior.” Ruvalcaba said. 

After receiving encouragement from his girlfriend, Ruvalcaba put his illustration skills and graphic design experience to work as he produced his first set of 15 cards for 300 dollars. In Fall 2017, Paper Tacos became a reality. 

Credit: Jesus Ruvalcaba / Paper Tacos

About a year after the idea of Paper Tacos first came up, Ruvalcaba attended the same art festival from the year prior and sold his first greeting card for $5 apiece. The response to the cards was immediate and customers told Ruvalcaba about what it meant to see their culture on a product like this.

“It felt like my idea was validated in a way and seeing everyone respond so positively to Paper Tacos was just the cherry on top,” said Ruvalcaba. “From there it only got even bigger.”

In the following months of 2017, Paper Tacos made its launch and by the end of 2017, he had made $2,000 within just three months of launching his site. In 2018, he had made over $12,000 in sales and today has over 20K followers on Instagram alone. When he started the business, there were only 15 card designs which have now grown to over 100. He’s also branded outside of California and is currently selling his greeting cards at 25 stores throughout the country.

For Ruvalcaba, Paper Tacos hasn’t been just any business move or a little extra income revenue. It’s a tribute to his Mexican background and a reflection of his culture that he feels is being celebrated every time one of his cards is given. 

Credit: Jesus Ruvalcaba / Paper Tacos

When asked about where his inspiration for his greeting cards come from, Ruvalcaba says his parents. Those long days working along with them in the artichoke fields and holidays where all they had was each other. 

“Every card is a reflection of me growing up in a Mexican household and other people have connected with that,” said Ruvalcaba. “When I brainstorm ideas I just look back to my childhood.”

That connection is something special he says. While Ruvalcaba still has a full-time job as a designer in Santa Clara, if things keep going the way they are, Paper Tacos will become his main focus. 

Through Instagram, Ruvalcaba has begun working with more freelancers to keep growing Paper Tacos and get more artists opportunities. His business plan is to expand to other Latino backgrounds to work and reach out to Salvadoran and Nicaraguan artists so that they too can see representation.  

“This business has shown me how powerful this product can be and every time someone tells me the impact that these cards have had on a family member or a friend, it sticks with me,” Ruvalcaba says. “It’s a special thing to know a simple greeting card can do this.”

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Terrifying Video Shows A Mexican Teenager Killing Two People In A Pickup Truck

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Terrifying Video Shows A Mexican Teenager Killing Two People In A Pickup Truck

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Footage of a teenage assassin asking his driver to film a cold-blooded double homicide has gone viral, putting pressure on local officials in Mexico to make an arrest. Just days before Christmas, at an otherwise normal traffic light in the border city Ciudad Juárez, a teenager turned to his driver and simply said, “Record, Cruz,” before he hopped out the car, approached the driver’s side of a red pickup truck and firing off nearly 20 gunshots. He walked back to the car, hopped in, and the footage ends as we see the driver making a u-turn as they drive away from the scene of the crime. 

Local media in Mexico had widely reported both the identity and news of the arrest of the suspect, but, unfortunately, only one of those pieces of information is true. Officials have confirmed the identity of the suspect to be 19-year-old José Carlos Molina. Unfortunately, no arrests have been made and Molina is still at large.

The footage José Carlos Molina shooting in the pickup truck is shocking.

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Without hesitation, Molina is seen walking in front of his getaway car toward the driver’s side of the red pickup truck target. Officials suspect that he asked the driver to film him as proof that he got the ‘job’ done for whoever ordered the hit. At around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2019, the teen sicario followed through on the hit job and killed two men in just under 30 seconds. 

Molina is seen mercilessly firing over a dozen rounds into the driver’s side as the driver unsuccessfully tries to drive away.

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The pickup truck begins to creep forward as the driver likely understands to flee from danger, but was immobilized by the onslaught of bullets. The two victims were confirmed dead, but their identities have yet to be revealed. Molina is seen briskly walking back to his getaway car when the traffic lights change. Traffic begins to move again but Molina and his accomplice quickly merge into opposing traffic and escape seamlessly.

Molina has since been confirmed by local media reports as drug cartel hitman, with an already horrific rap sheet. According to La Opinion, Molina likely belongs to one of the five cartel groups that operate in Chihuahua, Mexico: Neuva Gente, of the Sinaloa cartel (CDS), Los Mexicles, La Línea, of the Tijuana cartel (CAF), Los Aztecas or Los Cristaleros.

Molina has targeted and killed other people in Ciudad Juárez, which lies just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

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According to Molina’s existing criminal record, he lives in Colonia Bellavista, and heavily operates in Ciudad Juárez. Molina had already been arrested for assassinating a couple in Ciudad Juárez. Police arrested him, captured the above mug shot, but he wasn’t stopped from killing others. His mugshot began circulating social media and local outlets began to report that Molina had been arrested for his most recent crime.

As of Monday, no arrests have been carried out, but Molina is certainly the identified suspect, according to a spokesperson at the Northern Zone’s Attorney General’s office of the state of Chihuahua told The Daily Mail.

As shocking as the crime is to many Americans, Mexicans are quick to comment “Every day in #Mexico.”

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Murder rates are on the rise in Mexico, with 2019 becoming the third deadliest year for Ciudad Juárez of the 2010s. On average, 4.1 people were murdered every single day in Ciudad Juárez last year, with a total of 1,498 homicides total last year. Still, compared to 2010, the number of homicides in the city are less than half of what they were at the beginning of the decade. “The sad daily reality of Mexico…” one Twitter user comments, adding in Spanish that, “For 1,000 pesos, less than 50 euros, a hitman can eliminate a person with total impunity.”

Still, others are wondering aloud what the victims did to provoke the target of the cartel. “I do not like to criminalize, and even less criminalize the dead, but it is very rare that they arrive and kill you anymore,” commented Indio Rey (@IndioRey30). Others are lamenting that “the laws do not help since he is a minor,” though it’s hard to contest what the video shows so clearly. Somebody opened fire and killed those two men and requested that the murder be recorded.

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