With 22 knockouts from 35 wins, Andy Ruiz Jr packs a punch that could put away plenty of boxers.
One man who managed to stand up to that power, though, was his coach.
In gym footage resurfaced by TalkSPORT‘s Michael Benson, Ruiz finishes off a combination with a left hook that his trainer didn’t expect. To his credit, the man with the pads stayed standing, although he was staggered.
Andy Ruiz Jr's coach showed a serious chin to stay standing after this…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 1, 2023
The Mexican’s quick countering combos were perhaps never more apparent than against former-unified champion, Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz was a late step in opponent for ‘AJ’s big American headlining debut, and his stoppage will go down as one of the greatest heavyweight upsets of recent times.
Becoming the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion, whilst an incredible feat, was short-lived. Joshua regrouped and won an immediate rematch in which many felt Ruiz hadn’t undertaken the proper preparation for.
Now determined to do it all over again, ‘The Destroyer’ has bounced back with wins over Chris Arreola and Luis Ortiz, and finds himself manoeuvring into an ideal position for a title shot in the near future.
The WBC have ordered him to face off with Deontay Wilder – their number one contender and former champion – in an eliminator bout that would determine who is next in line for a chance at Tyson Fury’s belt.
Despite Ruiz’s willingness, Team Wilder have been lukewarm in their response, publicly stating that they would rather pursue another route like facing Joshua or the division’s other champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
With an announcement for the undisputed fight between Fury and Usyk looming, the other contenders will need to stay busy, readying themselves for a shot at the titles that could come in the second half of the year. If Ruiz has his way, he’ll be right in the mix.