Andy Ruiz Jr. Hilariously Explains Why There Aren’t Many Heavyweight Boxers From Mexico

Published 12/31/2020, 7:15 AM EST


Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. shook the world when he knocked out Anthony Joshua. It is widely cited as the biggest upsets of the sport. Ruiz was the first and only boxing heavyweight champion from Mexico.

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A year ago, the ‘Destroyer’ was in a chat at the Jimmy Kimmel Show post his biggest career win over ‘AJ’. He shared some witty insights on why he’s the only champion from Mexico.

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Kimmel asked Ruiz why are there not enough Mexican heavyweights in boxing, to which Ruiz reverted, “I don’t know, I don’t think their parents are giving them too many rice and beans like my mom did. But luckily I am one of the big ones.”

The whole studio cracked up laughing when Ruiz made these remarks.

On a number of occasions, Ruiz has credited his family for making him what he is. Last year, when he dismantled Joshua in their first matchup, his entire family was present inside the arena to see Ruiz bag the ultimate heavyweight golds.

That night, Ruiz became the only man from Mexico to achieve this feat. He gave Joshua his first professional loss through a demolishing T/KO.

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Will Andy Ruiz Jr. collide with Anthony Joshua in 2021?

Andy Ruiz Jr. did not compete throughout the 2020 season. But lately, Ruiz has been gearing up for a sturdy comeback in 2021. He is going and growing through grilling workout sessions to reclaim his heavyweight gold in 2021. With this, he has expressed his eagerness to settle scores with Anthony Joshua.

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Though Ruiz has his plans ready to fight ‘AJ’, the latter is being set for another epic fight with Tyson Fury by mid-2021. So, a fight with Joshua in 2021 doesn’t seem to be on the cards. However, the pair might take each other on in 2022.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Andy Ruiz Jr punches Anthony Joshua 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)

Which opponent should Ruiz take on until he touches gloves with Joshua again?

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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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