Andy Ruiz on the path to redemption
Boxing is a very unforgiving sport at times, it’s the ultimate rags to riches and back to rags again tale. Many times has a fighter risen to the top of the mountain only to suffer an even more devastating fall from grace.
Former unified heavyweight champion Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22ko) has experienced it first hand and seems to be learning from it and heading in the right direction.
The former champion shocked the world as a huge underdog by defeating then unified champion Anthony ” AJ” Joshua (23-1, 21ko) back in 2019. It turned the boxing world upside down and pushed the Mexican fighter into instant superstardom.
The first Mexican heavyweight champion was everywhere enjoying the spoils of life that so few ever get to indulge in. However, like everything in life, once your hunger is gone, so is the motivation; that is just what happened in the rematch, he didn’t have the same energy.
Joshua would easily win the fight, becoming a two-time unified champion and avenging his sole defeat.
Ruiz, on the other hand, was immediately cast as another of the sport’s one-hit wonders, and was heavily criticized for not taking the fight seriously.
THE PATH TO REDEMPTION!
The first step to forgiveness is acknowledging your fault and forgiving yourself. It seems that is exactly what the former champion is doing. It was reported that he parted ways with trainer Manny Robles.
Next was an incredible move; Ruiz joined forces with Eddy Reynoso, trainer of boxing mega-star Canelo Alvarez.
This was a huge move and has since changed the narrative that his career could be done. Knowing that he has a long way to go, the former champion was having a conversation on social media with EsNews.
Having a whole new outlook the former champion expressed he will be back.
“I’m out here in Las Vegas, I’m in pre-camp, I’m training right now before I head out to San Diego with Canelo and them.”
“I’m focusing about me and about my health. I wanna shock the world again by being in shape by having all the abilities and me doing them, that’s the main thing I’m gonna do.”
“I feel blessed. There is nothing better than having a training camp, being happy, and having your family around you.”
“I kind of feel I let my people down and I feel I have to bring them back up and start believing.”
Ruiz has the right attitude and it’s that kind of mindset that will lead the former champion back into the title picture one day again.
By: Garrisson Bland