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Ruiz undergoes knee surgery, could return in December

Former WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz has undergone surgery on his right knee, but could return in December if rehabilitation goes to plan.

Having suffered with the troublesome knee for three years, Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) had the successful procedure in Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, with a view to fighting again in four months’ time.

Ruiz, 31, returned to the heavyweight fray with a decision over fellow Mexican-American Chris Arreola in May, in his first fight with trainer Eddy Reynoso, as he builds towards another world title shot.

“They operated on his right knee, he had been struggling with that knee for about three years,” father Andy Ruiz Sr. told ESPN Deportes. “He could not run very much, he could not do certain movements. He used gel and things like that to mitigate the pain, but recently it was not enough and he made the decision of the operation that was an arthroscopy and it was done by the same doctor who operated on Canelo [Alvarez], Pedro Lomeli.

“They gave us hope that he would come back in December. The physical trainer, the doctor told us that, if everything goes well right now, then that possibility exists, but we will see when the moment arrives. Right now, we are happy that the surgery went well.”