WATCH: Andy Ruiz Jr. Becomes Santa Clause for Kids

Published 12/25/2020, 6:00 AM EST


Former heavyweight World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. said, “I am Santa Claus for today” as he distributed gifts to children and families of San Diego on Christmas.

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‘The Destroyer’ connected with the San Diego Police department to see his plan through. The Mexican superstar dressed up as Santa Claus and visited a number of houses. He directly met the family members, kids, and handed over the surprise gift packs.

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That said, many couldn’t recognize the Santa being Andy Ruiz Jr. Not that the world champion needed any credits. He deliberately did the job and thanked the San Diego Police department for assisting.

The Police department filmed the entire happening and posted the video on their YouTube channel. Here’s a sneak peek of Andy Ruiz Jr. being the Santa Claus.

In the clip, he said, “Yeah, we are teaming up with the San Diego Police department, giving out free toys for these lucky families in need.”

Andy Ruiz Jr- The Magician inside and outside the ring

The 31-year-old is one of the best heavyweights on the roster. He has an alluring pro record of 33 wins (22 KOs) and 2 losses. He has never lost a fight via stoppage, and his only 2 losses came at the hands of Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.

What’s more, Joshua is also the biggest win of his career that saw him become the unified heavyweight champion in 2019. It was one of the biggest upsets in the history of heavyweight boxing, making Ruiz Jr. the only person to have bested ‘AJ’.

But it’s been more than a year since ‘The Destroyer’ took to the ring. He is touted to appear in early 2021, but nothing is confirmed as of now.

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Till then, he continues to grab the headlines with his training videos, new weight cut, and surprising kids on Christmas.

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)

Looking at his recent X-Mas stint, it’s safe to bill him as one of the most humble elites in the sport today. Ruiz Jr. is a huge superstar in Mexico and all over the world. There’s no denying he uses the stardom in a positive way.

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How do you predict Andy Ruiz Jr’s future in 2021?

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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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