The Story Behind Andy Ruiz Jr.’s Nickname: How Did He Become ‘The Destroyer?’

Published 04/23/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 6, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr during a weigh-in ceremony on the eve of his bout against British boxer Anthony Joshua. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. ranks among the biggest heavyweight fighters today. In just a brief span of time, Ruiz Jr. has made his way to the summit of the heavyweight roster, by battering some of the biggest names in the big men’s division. However, ‘The Destroyer’ doesn’t wish to stop. He wants to abide by this nickname and vanquish every opponent from his way.

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Recently, Ruiz Jr. was in a chat with Premier Boxing Champions, wherein he spilled some beans on why his nickname is ‘The Destroyer’.

“So when I was like 7 years old, my uncle, he would take care of me. Because all my other aunts and uncles didn’t want to take care of me because I would try to destroy everything.”

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“My dad would bring me a toy, and for some reason, I didn’t really care about the toys. I would just break them,” he said.

In the 2019 summer, Andy Ruiz Jr. staggered the boxing world when he destroyed Anthony Joshua with a vicious T/KO. He dropped ‘AJ’ multiple times in this fight and gave him the toughest test of his career. Also, ‘The Destroyer’ became an overnight star with this win, thus making a colossal statement in the entire fight world.

Despite that, Ruiz Jr. couldn’t sustain the momentum in his rematch alongside the Brit, as he ended up on the losing vertical. Since then, he hasn’t made a ring walk, but on May 1st, he’ll be back in the ring against the stout Chris Arreola.

Can Andy Ruiz Jr. get his boxing stint back on the track?

The Mexican-American boxer is a true veteran in the sport who has enjoyed a prolific career until now. His defense, knock-out power, and ring management skills separate him from the rest. And this is principally why the 31-year-old is a prime prospect in the heavyweight division.

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Over the past few months, ‘The Destroyer’ has immersed himself in hardcore workouts to make his return worth the wait.

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With that, fans are keen to see what Ruiz Jr. comes up with on May 1. More than anyone else, the former unified heavyweight champion will be ecstatic to pull off a thriller and unleash his new version in the ring.

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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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