Andy Ruiz Jr. : All Career Losses

Published 12/24/2020, 4:22 AM EST
SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 8, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr struggles in his bout against British rival Anthony Joshua to defend the IBO, WBA Super, IBF and WBO World Heavy Titles at Diriyah Arena outside Riyadh. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. became an overnight star by beating Anthony Joshua in the summer of 2019. It is still considered the biggest upsets of the sport. Joshua is the brightest prospect of heavyweight boxing, and knocking him out took the ‘Destroyer’ to super stardom. Though Ruiz has had some handsome victories in the sport, he has also succumbed to a few disheartening losses.

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Here, we look at all of his professional and amateur losses in boxing.

Andy Ruiz Jr. – Pro-boxing losses

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Ruiz had an unbeaten streak in his professional boxing run until 2016. He confronted Joseph Parker for a vacant WBO heavyweight title fight and ended up on the losing side. Although he kept good composure throughout those 12 rounds, he scored 113, 113, and 114 on the judge’s scorecard. He lost the battle via majority decision to Parker.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Though the ‘Destroyer’ stood tall in his first bout against Joshua, he failed to carry the momentum into the next. Following his first win over the Britain, he got aligned for a rematch with him last year. The fight went 12 rounds and Joshua settled his scores with nemesis Ruiz in this rematch. ‘Destroyer’ ended up losing this fight via unanimous decision.

He scored 110, 109, and 110 on judges’ scorecards.

Andy Ruiz Jr. – Amateur boxing losses

Ruiz didn’t have an extensive amateur boxing career. He fought five times at this level and won three times.

In his very first fight against Michael Hunter, the ‘Destroyer’ failed to keep up with his speed and agility, resulting in an RSCO (Referee Stopped Contest – Outclassed) in round 3 of the four-round fight.

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Ruiz backed himself up with a winning post his first amateur loss. But he once again fell prey to Mike Wilson in 2008 in a four-round fight in the heavyweight category, where Ruiz ended up losing.

Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye 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)

Even after a few losses, Ruiz has shown a lionheart and has made astonishing comebacks. He has one of the strongest resumes in boxing. ‘Destroyer’ has established himself as a rugged contender in the heavyweights. He is now gearing up for his comeback in 2021 and has his eyes set on a much-anticipated trilogy with Joshua.

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Do you think Ruiz has one of the most unusual styles in boxing? Out of all his losses, which was highly devastating?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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