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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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Oscar de La Hoya Announces That He Is Officially Coming Out of Retirement, Will Start Boxing Again in July

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Oscar de La Hoya Announces That He Is Officially Coming Out of Retirement, Will Start Boxing Again in July

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On Friday, boxing world champion and Olympic gold medalist Oscar de la Hoya announced that he officially coming out retirement.

The announcement that Oscar de La Hoya was coming out of retirement came at a press conference hosted by boxing and MMA enthusiast, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop Dogg teased the big announcement saying, “I smell something golden. You smell it?” before Oscar de la Hoya arrived on stage to reveal his big news.

“July 3, I’m making my comeback,” he said before dramatically dropping the mic and exiting the stage. Based on their reaction, the audience seemed excited about the news.

Oscar de la Hoya has been teasing his return to boxing for a while now.

Rumors of de la Hoya boxing again had been circulating for months. In August of last year, the Golden Boy revealed to ESPN that he did, indeed, have plans to come out of retirement.

“The rumors are true, and I’m going to start sparring in the next few weeks,” he said. “It’s a real fight. I miss being in the ring, I love boxing. Boxing is what gave me everything I have today, and I just miss it.”

Oscar de la Hoya’s last boxing match was in 2008 against Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.

The 2008 fight was a major loss for de la Hoya and he stopped the fight after the eighth round. After that loss, de la Hoya famously said: “I don’t have it anymore.”

At the peak of his career, Oscar de la Hoya was the top-rated fighter in the world. Since he retired from boxing, he has spent most of his energy building Golden Boy Promotions, a boxing and mixed martial arts promotion firm. He is the first Hispanic-American to own a national boxing promotional firm.

The former world champion also founded the Oscar de la Hoya foundation, which aims to “help improve the quality of life for the community in his hometown of East Los Angeles.”

De la Hoya isn’t worried about his performance, because he believes he has passion on his side. “These [young] guys are in it just for the money — that’ll be the big difference,” he told ESPN. “I will fight for the glory, and these guys only fight for the money. And guess what? The glory will always win.”

As of now, there is no word on who the Golden Boy will be fighting, although he previously said that he will fight “any top guy out there”. We’ll see how it goes!

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

For fans of Yalitza Aparicio from the now iconic film Roma, we have been waiting almost three years to know what’s next for the Oscar-nominated actress. And now, we finally have some answers.

The Roma actress is set to star in an upcoming horror film that’s already started filming.

Anyone who saw Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma immediately fell in love with Cleo, the character played by Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. Her award-winning part in Roma was her very first acting gig and despite her success, she hasn’t acted in anything since, until now.

Aparicio is set to star in an upcoming horror film Presences, a horror film from Innocent Voices director Luis Mandoki. As reported by Mexican publication El Universal, production on Aparicio’s second feature kicked off this week in Tlalpujahua in central Mexico.

According to El Universal: “The film tells the story of a man who loses his wife and goes to seclude himself in a cabin in the woods, where strange things happen.” Production in Tlalpujahua is expected to last for a month.

Although this is only her second role, Aparicio has kept herself busy with several projects.

Aparicio was a schoolteacher plucked from obscurity to star in “Roma,” which resulted in her becoming the first Mexican woman to be Oscar nominated for Best Actress in 14 years and the first Indigenous woman in history. And her Indigenous identity is a major part of her career.

While “Presences” marks the first movie Aparicio has taken on since “Roma,” the actress has remained busy over the last two years, including supporting Indigenous film community efforts in Mexico.

The actress has teamed with projects such as Cine Too to help extend access to cinema to marginalized communities. Cine Too is a one-screen, 75-seat cinema in Guelatao de Juárez, Oaxaca that serves as an educational center for the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers.

“It’s important to save these spaces because they reach places where the arts are often not accessible,” Aparicio told IndieWire. “I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence the population, especially the children that grow up those communities, has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form.”

Aparicio continued, “My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long. The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance. There are many people who have the disposition to help change things. We’ve had enough of people being typecast in certain roles or characters based on the color of their skin. We have a complicated job, because these things can’t be changed overnight but hopefully we can show people that the only limits are within us.”

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” the actress concluded. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here.”

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