Andy Ruiz Jr. Once Told Mike Tyson How His Life Got ‘Annoying’ and ‘Crazy’ After Defeating Anthony Joshua

Published 01/25/2021, 8:33 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. became the heavyweight champion and an overnight sensation when he vanquished Anthony Joshua in their first fight on June 2019. Being an underdog on a huge margin, Ruiz Jr. shocked the world by handing Joshua his maiden professional defeat.

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It brought him tremendous stardom and glory, as ‘The Destroyer’ suddenly became the most-talked-about heavyweight. It seemed a glorious phase for Ruiz Jr. However, not everything was alluring. The Mexican also had to pay the price for his stardom and tagged it to be “annoying” on multiple occasions.

He had to encounter constant cameras and attention, which vexed the heavyweight pugilist. Despite experiencing his dream come true, Ruiz Jr. might not have liked that phase. During his interaction with Mike Tyson on Hotboxin podcast, the former world champion shed light on that experience.

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“Sounds crazy man but you know I think that all comes with it and it’s just a big blessing you know. And like I said, this is what I have been waiting and dreaming about my whole life and there’s just a lot of happy people you know..” said Ruiz Jr.

He added, “Everyone that comes up to me, everyone’s happy but it does sometimes gets annoying. Everybody wants pictures like you know you can’t keep everyone satisfied.”

Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr. also shared an experience on how he failed to make one of his fan happy.

‘The Destroyer’ said, “In my hometown, I think I was Walmart or something and I was with my kids and I couldn’t take a picture with the person and I guess he got mad and put it on social media”

What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr.?

Andy Ruiz Jr. lost his world titles in the rematch with Anthony Joshua. But the stardom remained the same, and he is still one of the biggest superstars of the sport. He has been inactive for more than a year. Nevertheless, he can return soon before summer and try to fight back for his lost position.

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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)

The current heavyweight division has many bug names and Ruiz Jr, can face any of them. He can re-enter the title picture by bagging an immediate win. After that, it can be all glory and fame for the Mexican, once again.

Do you see Andy Ruiz Jr. becoming a heavyweight world champion again?

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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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