Besides Anthony Joshua, Who Has Andy Ruiz Jr. Really Beaten?

Published 01/08/2021, 7:12 AM EST
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. registered a historic upset in heavyweight boxing when he took out Anthony Joshua via TKO in their original fight on June 6, 2019.

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He became the first-ever Mexican heavyweight world champion and the first and only boxer to beat Joshua to this day. That said, Ruiz Jr. was an underdog heading into the title fight. Despite being a veteran of the sport, Ruiz Jr’s professional resume might not pose him as an elite.

His record of 33 wins (22 KOs) with just 2 losses is worth hailing. But how many greats has ‘Destroyer‘ surpassed in his career?

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In his 12-year-long pro career, ‘The Destroyer’ hasn’t fought any A-listers other than Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The Mexican’s 35 fight resume goes without Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Klitschko brothers, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, Luis Ortiz, Eric Molina, Dominic Breazeale, or any such top-rated boxers.

Ruiz Jr. clearly outpointed most of his opponents. But the 31-year-old is yet to show his skills against the best on a regular basis. While he proved his worth against Joshua, one cannot belittle him in the big fights as he has proven that he can shock the world. Besides finishing ‘AJ’ he is one of two boxers to take him the distance.

Andy Ruiz Jr. ‘The Destroyer’

The Mexican superstar has intense power in his fists and can apply combinations at any point. He can also go to the distance and has the heart to consume shots. There’s no denying Andy Ruiz Jr. is a true fighter. So, here’s a look at some of his big wins other than Joshua.

Andy Ruiz Jr. before his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Haevyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Andy Ruiz Jr. takes one round against Devin Vargas

In an almost empty arena, ‘The Destroyer’ cracked out Vargas in the very first round of their heavyweight clash. While Ruiz Jr. was making his way to earn a title shot, the win against Vargas earned him a lot of appraisals. It was the 21 KO in Ruiz Jr’s career as he registered the 22nd one against Anthony Joshua to become the world champion.

Andy Ruiz Jr. stays undefeated against Josh Gormley

‘The Destroyer’ was unbeaten when he faced Josh Gormley in 2016. Although Gormley wasn’t a top-rated contender, he was still a well-known name in the combat world. However, Ruiz Jr. overpowered him inside the ring and took three rounds to stop the fight. It was a huge win for him back then.

Road to Joshua through Alexander Dimitrenko

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Ruiz Jr. struggled to bag the win as it was taken to the judge’s scorecard. But the win against Dimitrenko earned him the title fight against Anthony Joshua. The Destroyer’ displayed his caliber and stamina by dancing against a tough contender till the final bell. Following the win, he became a world champion just two months later.

In 2019, Ruiz Jr. grabbed and lost his world titles, which remains a roller-coaster ride for him. But he remained inactive for the entire 2020 and will eye an early return this year.

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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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