Background[ edit ] It was reported that Joseph Parker 's team were looking at Lucas Browne as a potential match-up if they failed to land a unification fight with Joshua. According to Parker's promoter David Higgins, a date in March was being discussed with Joshua's team, however Eddie Hearn offered an 80—20 split, which would favour Joshua. Higgins spoke to Fairfax Mediasaying the offer would need to be more reasonable, also taking into consideration the fight would take place in the UK. Higgins made a final offer to Hearn on 22 November
Since then, fame and riches have come quickly for the paunchy kid with the killer punch from the border town of Imperial.
The appearance with Kimmel. A trip to Mexico City to see the president. I mean almost a cartoon character. This is how you would draw up the heavyweight champion if you were dreaming it up. Ruiz, who was born in the United States and proudly claims his Mexican roots, is now a favorite son for an immigrant community on this side of the border that has been looking for something to celebrate.
We come here to work, to establish our sons, so they can do something in life. The old gym where he worked out as a young boy, fighting boxers much older than he was; it is now a garage for the local department of animal control. Then Ruiz Sr.
He recalled the endless trips, back and forth over the border, waiting hours at each crossing, to train in gyms in Mexico. Image As a young boy, Ruiz avoided negative influences on the streets by boxing.
His grandfather, in the s, ran a ramshackle boxing gym in Mexicali, on the Mexican side of the border, 20 miles south of Imperial. Andy Ruiz Sr. Ruiz Sr. He also taught his son a more extreme lesson. After Ruiz Jr.
But luckily, boxing saved my life. It kept me disciplined, it kept me away from the streets. His weight — he fought Joshua at a relatively svelte, for him, pounds — was always an issue.
At one point, after failing to qualify for the Olympics as a member of the Mexican national team, he returned to Imperial and sank into despair, hanging around with old friends and eating too much. His weight ballooned to nearly pounds.
He finally emerged from his funk, took up with a famous trainer, Freddie Roach, of the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, and turned pro, fighting his first professional bout in Tijuana. Justin Gamber, a boxing trainer in Las Vegas who once trained Ruiz, recalled seeing him for the first time in the Wild Card.
Like a Roy Jones or a Ken Norton. The small apartment in Hollywood where he lived in those days, his father sleeping on the couch. The border crossings, the street fights. Imperial has planned a Mexican-themed parade and rally for Ruiz later this month. He is a big deal in a place rarely touched by fame.
Susan Paradis, the executive director of the Imperial Chamber of Commerce, noted that Cher and the Bella twins, a former World Wrestling Entertainment tag team, were born in the area.