Andy Ruiz

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Not to be confused with Andrew Ruiz.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ponce and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.
Andy Ruiz
Real name Andrés Ponce Ruiz Jr.
Nickname(s) The Destroyer
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
  • Mexican
  • American
Born (1989-09-11) September 11, 1989 (age 27)
Imperial Valley, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 29
Wins by KO 19
Losses 1

Andrés Ponce "Andy" Ruiz Jr.[1] (born September 11, 1989) is a Mexican-American professional boxer who has challenged once for the WBO heavyweight title, in 2016.[2][3] As of June 2016, he is ranked by the WBC as their seventh best heavyweight.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

During his amateur career, Ruiz ran his record to 104-8 under Cuban trainer Fernando Ferrer. He went on to win two Mexican National Junior Olympics gold medals and won the World Ringside Heavyweight Championship. He represented Mexico at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games qualification tournaments but lost to Cuba's Robert Alfonso and Colombian Oscar Rivas and didn't make it.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

Ruiz has Freddie Roach in his corner and at the Wild Card Gym. He has sparred with former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski.[7] Ruiz has fought largely journeymen opposition but knocked out two amateur stars 2006 US amateur champion Jonte Willis and 2008 Golden Gloves champion Tor Hamer.

Early career[edit]

A 19 year old Ruiz made his professional debut on March 28, 2009 at the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in a 4-round bout against Miguel Ramirez. Ruiz won the fight via a first-round KO. Ruiz fought again after 3 months at the same venue, this time knocking Ross Brantley down 3 times in round 1 winning the bout via TKO. Ruiz took an 8-month gap before he returned to the ring in February 2010 winning a 4-round unanimous decision against Juan Luis Lopez Alcaraz. A month later, Ruiz made his American debut at the Gaylord Hotel in Texas knocking out Luke Vaughn in round 1. Ruiz had his next 3 fights of 2010 also in the States defeating Miles Kelly via knockout, Raymond Lopez via unanimous decision and Francisco Diaz via knockout. On February 5, 2011 Ruiz knocked out Kelsey Arnold in the 3rd round and in the same month defeated Alvaro Morales via unanimous decision (59-55 twice, 60-54).[8] In April 2011, Ruiz defeated Angel Herrera via a 6-round unanimous decision. In July, Ruiz fought at the Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, defeating Villi Bloomfield via 4th-round TKO.[9] On March 23, 2013, Ruiz fought his first 8-round fight, outpointing Homero Fonseca (80-72) on all three judges scorecards.[10] In July, Ruiz fought Jonte Willis (8-3-1, 3 KOs) at the Home Depot Center, Carson, California. Willis entered with a record of 1-3-1 in his previous five, including a split decision loss three months prior to Denis Bakhtov (33-7). Ruiz floored Willis in round 5 from a short right hand before the referee Wayne Hedgpeth stopped the bout in round 8, after a combination on unanswered punches. This was on the undercard of Donaire vs. Mathebula.[11]

Moving up the ranks[edit]

On July 27, 2013 Ruiz traveled to Macau with Top Rank to fight at the Cotai Arena against undefeated 30 year old American Joe Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight. Ruiz dropped Hanks twice in round 4 with fast right hands, forcing the stoppage. Ruiz claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title with this win.[12] On November 24, Ruiz fought again the Cotai Arena, this time on the Pacquiao-Rios undercard, successfully defending his WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title and claiming the vacant NABF heavyweight title defeating Tor Hamer (21-2, 14 KOs). The fight was stopped after the third round when Hamer indicated he did not wish to continue.[13]

Ruiz vs. Liakhovich[edit]

On December 20, 2014 Ruiz fought former WBO World heavyweight champion, 38 year old Siarhei Liakhovich (26-6, 16 KOs) at the Celebrity Theater in Pheonix, Arizona. Ruiz was taken to the 10 round distance, the first time in his career by Liakhovich, who trained hard for this fight and tried to win. The scorecards read (98-92, 96-94 & 99-91), all in favour of Ruiz who retained his titles. This was the last time Liakhovich fought.[14]

After a 9-month gap, Ruiz returned to the ring on September 2015 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California defeating Joell Godfrey via 8 round unanimous decision, all three judges scored it 80-72. Godfrey was a late replacement for Devin Vargas, who was unable to obtain a license from the California Athletic Commission.[15] A month later, Ruiz fought veteran Raphael Zumbano Love (37-11-1, 30 KOs). Ruiz won on points after 8 rounds.

Ruiz vs. Austin[edit]

On May 14, 2016 Ruiz fought 45 year old, former world title challenger Ray Austin (29-6-4, 18 KOs) at the Sportsman's Lodge in California. Austin weighed 18 pounds more than Ruiz at the weight in. This was the first time in 14 professional fights that Ruiz was outweighed by his opponent. This was Ruiz's fourth successful defence of his NABF Heavyweight Title as Austin was down in round 1, injured his right hand and failed to come out of his corner for round 5.[16] After this bout, Ruiz increased his record to 27 wins in as many fights.

Miscellaneous fights[edit]

Ruiz fought on July 16 against 42 year old Josh Gormley (22-4, 21 KOs) at the Masonic Temple in Michigan. Promoted by Salita Promotions.[17] Ruiz won the fight via 3rd-round TKO.[18]

Ruiz next fought on September 10, 2016 returning to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in California to headline "Solo Boxeo Tecate” (UniMas) against 40 year old Franklin Lawrence (21-2-2, 16 KOs) for the NABF heavyweight title.[19] Lawrence has won his last 9 fights inside the distance dating back to 2009 when he lost to veteran Oliver McCall. His only other loss came in his 5th professional fight against future WBC World champion Bermane Stiverne, which was stopped after Lawrence injured his arm in round 1. Ruiz made a successful 5th defence of his NABF title after 10 one-sided rounds. The judges scored the fight (100-90, 99-91 twice). The win also set up a future WBO eliminator with bout with Hughie Fury.[20]

It was announced after the Lawrence fight that Ruiz would fight Hughie Fury in the UK on October 29 at the Manchester Arena, on the undercard of Fury-Klitschko II. The winner would be the mandatory challenger for the WBO heavyweight title.[21] Two weeks later, it was reported that Ruiz had withdrawn because he did not want the fight.[22]

World title challenge[edit]

Ruiz vs. Parker[edit]

Ruiz was ordered to fight Joseph Parker in New Zealand for the WBO heavyweight title with the fight set to take place on December 10, 2016. This fight came about by Ruiz being one of the two top ranked contenders willing to fight for the vacant title. The title became vacant when former champion Tyson Fury vacated the title.[23] Ruiz failed to become the first heavyweight of Mexican descent to win a world title as Parker won the bout via majority decision with scores of 115-113, 115-112 & 114-114. Ruiz started off well being the aggressor but slowed down during mid rounds. Both men showed great respect for one another throughout the contest and Ruiz spoke of his unhappiness, "I think I got the win or at least a draw, I think I set the pace with my jab." Ruiz also stated he would like to have a rematch in the future.[24] On a delayed HBO broadcast, the fight peaked at 585,000 viewers, with an average of 521,000 viewers.[25]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
30 fights 29 wins 1 loss
By knockout 19 0
By decision 10 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
30 Loss 29–1 New Zealand Joseph Parker MD 12 Dec 10, 2016 New Zealand Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand For vacant WBO heavyweight title
29 Win 29–0 United States Franklin Lawrence UD 10 Sep 10, 2016 United States Tachi Palace, Lemoore, California, U.S. Retained NABF heavyweight title
28 Win 28–0 United States Josh Gormley TKO 3 (10), 1:42 Jul 16, 2016 United States Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 United States Ray Austin RTD 4 (8), 3:00 May 14, 2016 United States Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City, California, U.S. Retained NABF heavyweight title
26 Win 26–0 Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love UD 8 Oct 24, 2015 United States CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 United States Joell Godfrey UD 8 Sep 26, 2015 United States Tachi Palace, Lemoore, California, U.S. Retained NABF heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich UD 10 Dec 20, 2014 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Retained WBO Inter-Continental and NABF heavyweight titles
23 Win 23–0 United States Kenny Lemos TKO 1 (8), 2:18 Oct 25, 2014 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Manuel Quezada TKO 2 (10), 2:00 May 17, 2014 United States Selland Arena, Fresno, California, U.S. Retained WBO Inter-Continental and NABF heavyweight titles
21 Win 21–0 United States Tor Hamer RTD 3 (10), 3:00 Nov 23, 2013 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Retained WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title;
Won vacant NABF heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Joe Hanks TKO 4 (10), 1:41 Jul 27, 2013 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Carl Davis TKO 1 (8), 0:35 Jun 8, 2013 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Matthew Greer KO 1 (8), 2:53 Mar 16, 2013 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Elijah McCall TKO 3 (8), 2:59 Dec 7, 2012 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Maurenzo Smith KO 1 (8), 2:11 Sep 13, 2012 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Jonte Willis TKO 8 (8), 0:54 Jul 7, 2012 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Homero Fonseca UD 8 Mar 23, 2012 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Theron Johnson UD 6 Dec 17, 2011 United States WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Canada Ken Frank TKO 2 (6), 1:53 Sep 17, 2011 United States BlueWater Resort & Casino, Parker, Arizona, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Villi Bloomfield TKO 4 (4), 2:04 Jul 15, 2011 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Angel Herrera UD 6 Apr 23, 2011 United States WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Alvaro Morales UD 6 Feb 26, 2011 United States Palms Casino Resort, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Kelsey Arnold KO 3 (6), 2:19 Feb 5, 2011 United States Maywood Center, Maywood, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Francisco Diaz KO 2 (4), 1:08 Dec 4, 2010 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Raymond Lopez UD 4 Nov 20, 2010 United States WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Miles Kelly TKO 1 (4), 1:06 Oct 16, 2010 United States Silverton Las Vegas, Enterprise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Luke Vaughn KO 1 (4), 1:55 Mar 12, 2010 United States Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Juan Luis Lopez Alcaraz UD 4 Feb 12, 2010 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal, Mexicali, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 United States Ross Brantley TKO 1 (6), 1:37 Jun 26, 2009 Mexico Plaza de toros Calafia, Mexicali, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Miguel Ramirez KO 1 (4), 0:34 Mar 28, 2009 Mexico Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico Professional debut


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  14. ^ "Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated Siarhei Liakhovich via UD". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
  15. ^ "Andy Ruiz Jr. defeats replacement Joell Godfrey". Retrieved 2016-06-23. 
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  25. ^ "Joseph Parker scores knockout win over Anthony Joshua in United States TV ratings fight". December 16, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Tyson Fury
WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
July 27, 2013 – May 2015
Title next held by
Andrey Fedosov
Title last held by
Éric Molina
NABF heavyweight champion
Nov 23, 2013 – present