A Look at Andy Ruiz Jr’s Tattoos: What Do They Mean?

Published 04/30/2021, 7:00 PM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. was written off by many before he shook up the world to become the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion. His move to fight Anthony Joshua and ultimately beating the Brit inspired several underdogs to push their limits.

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In a moment, Ruiz Jr. became the hero for millions and he retains that position even to this day. 31-year-old Ruiz Jr. has several unique features. Despite being a treacherous puncher, he has been humble and kind off the canvas.

That said, he became one of the beloved boxers for the fans and it raises people’s interest in him. While Ruiz Jr. attains his championship mindset from his hard work and patience, he boasts his beliefs on the skin. The ex-champion has several tattoos on his body, and each one has its own meaning. Here’s a look into all of them.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. and all his tattoos

According to the reports of The Sun, ‘The Destroyer’ boasts of umpteen unique tattoos. He has inked the word ‘Victorious’ on his back. Andy Ruiz Jr. believed he would be the first boxer of Mexican descent to become the world champion and made the tattoo before his fight against Alexander Dimitrenko.

The belief turned out to be true when Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua to grab the WBO, WBA IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles, right after beating Dimitrenko.

Andy Ruiz Jr, a devout Christian, has inked clasped hands to recognize the power of prayer on his chest. Further, there are several roses alongside, and the flowers are reportedly dedicated to Ruiz Jr’s family and loved ones.

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Apart from that, Ruiz Jr’s right arm proudly sheds his Mexican heritage. Although Ruiz Jr. was born in the USA, he rightfully represents Mexican pride. His right bicep has the word ‘Hecho En Mexico’ inked, which translates to ‘Made in Mexico’. He has also inscribed his name ‘Andy’ on his right arm.

While Ruiz Jr’s lifestyle and boxing career have several alluring things to take note of, his tattoos are clearly one of them. While he eyes a return to the ring, we can see ‘The Destroyer’ run for another championship attempt.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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