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Andy Ruiz Honored in Mexico


WBA, IBF, WBO heavyweight champion Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) was welcomed with open arms Tuesday afternoon in Mexico City. Ruiz was received at the National Palace by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico.

“One thing, I wanted to shut the mouth of all those who said that fat guy is not going to do anything,” said Ruiz. “By the grace of God we achieved all our dreams. Many told me that I was not going to make it, that I would not be able to handle an opponent like him (Anthony Joshua), but I asked God to help me to do it and at that moment I grabbed my dreams.

“This was thanks to the effort of my father who always took care of me all that time and took me to train. I told him that sooner or later I could pay him back for all that, that things were going to change. That night was a lot of joy and things are changing. I’m just taking it all in.

Joining Ruiz was his father Andy Ruiz Sr., CEO of TV Azteca Benjamin Salinas, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, CEO of Zanfer Promotions Fernando Beltran, Miguel Torruco of CONABOX, and trainer Manny Robles.