Was Andy Ruiz Sr, the Father of Andy Ruiz Jr, a Boxer?

Published 04/27/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


First-ever Mexican heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr. has beaten odds throughout his career to reach where he is at today. The 31-year-old has faced several criticisms and hurdles in his path to glory. However, ‘The Destroyer’ never lost his focus, and despite coming from a non-boxing family, he turned himself into an elite in the sport.

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That said, Ruiz Jr. has always received immense support from his father, Andy Ruiz sr. The former unified heavyweight champion has been backed by his father on umpteen occasions, and the saga prevails as Ruiz Jr. looks forward to returning into action.

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Nevertheless, not much is known about his father. Although Andy Ruiz sr. has shed opinion on his son’s boxing tactics in several interviews, he is not a professional boxer or has ever been one. Here’s a look into Ruiz Jr’s father and his career.

Andy Ruiz Jr.- How great is the champion’s father?

Several media reports cite that Ruiz Jr. moved to Mexico along with his family at an early age. Hailing from a middle-class family, Ruiz Jr. was akin to the other kids of his locality. His father, Andy Ruiz Sr, was a construction worker before getting into the business of flipping houses.

Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr. could have possibly chosen the same profession, if his father wouldn’t have inspired him to box. At an early age, Ruiz Jr. went to the boxing gym with his father and laced up the gloves. It all began from there, and the father-son pair remains intact even today at the professional stage.

The Mexican heavyweight pugilist had a sensational amateur career and staged a record of 105 wins with just 5 losses. Hence, the analysts could locate a prime prodigy in him, and ‘The Destroyer’ similarly continued his dominance at the professional stage. Even today, Andy Ruiz Sr. advises his son regarding several issues. From criticizing his performance at the rematch against Anthony Joshua to inspiring him to do even better, Andy Ruiz Sr. is prime support for the ex-heavyweight champion.

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33-2 as professional, Andy Ruiz Jr, is now a big name in the combat world. Moreover, he is a relevant figure in the ingoing title picture and with sheer activity, we can envision him becoming a 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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