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|Andy Ruiz v Anthony Joshua|
|Location: Diriyah Arena, Saudi Arabia Date: Saturday, 7 December|
|Coverage: Live BBC Radio 5 Live commentary with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app|
|‘ One Night: Joshua v Ruiz’ – watch documentary which relives one of boxing’s greatest upsets on iPlayer here|
When Andy Ruiz Jr purchased a white Rolls Royce his daddy was not delighted.
” I told him ‘Andy, this is your last cars and truck, do not buy anymore,'” Andres Ruiz recalls.
” I stated, if anything, purchase a Rolls Royce and rent it out, make money. You can make $30,00 0 a month on it.”
No matter that a cars and truck for his mom Felicitas had actually been the freshly crowned heavyweight champ of the world’s very first purchase after he dismissed Britain’s Anthony Joshua in July, or that he has actually considering that purchased his dad a new truck.
No matter that he had actually paid $1m cash for a brand-new home. Or that Ruiz will earn more than $10 m in Saturday’s rematch in Saudi Arabia.
It was the concept.
” Like a dad, I told him to remain simple – do not invest the cash, invest it in homes,” Ruiz Sr tells BBC Sport.
The suggestions, at least on automobile purchases, did not stick. The 30- year-old recently bought a Mercedes G550 jeep – an automobile that costs over $100,00 0 – and as electronic cameras shot him pulling on to his driveway he merely stated with a smile, “another one”.
If the cars or his extravagant California home and its pool are symbolic of a changed life, so too is the increased demand for the Mexican-American fighter.
Ruiz has fulfilled the president of Mexico, he has been interviewed by United States talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, he has thrown out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game and he has actually been paraded on the back of a convertible Rolls Royce through the city he grew up in.
The male ridiculed for his rotund physique has even started modelling for a menswear brand name.
There have been new gold and diamond chains, and in the words of the champ himself, “enjoyable things I constantly desired”.
But if his father desires evidence that his boy can be sensible about finances, Ruiz did dig his heels in when a rematch with Joshua was called. Contractually he was obliged but his rejection to battle in Cardiff and, for a time, Saudi Arabia led to a relatively common boxing option – cash.
” It was a case of how rapidly we could stop the rubbish and say ‘Andy, you want more cash don’t you?'” says Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
A father-son bond cemented in childhood
Life has altered out of all acknowledgment because the days when Ruiz worked for his father, who runs his own home advancement business.
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” He was blending cement,” says Ruiz Sr, who showed up in the US from Mexico aged 8. “I informed him ‘do you want boxing or to mix cement?’
” He came from an excellent background. He resided in a great home. I purchased a nice car for him when he was young however I didn’t attempt to give everything to him – he had to work for things.”
The bond between the set is apparent at an open exercise in Saudi Arabia.
” He admires me,” states 58- year-old Ruiz Sr. “I am truly close to him. Whatever I informed him, he believed.”
And there were times in 2017 when that encouragement was key. Ruiz went the complete calendar year without battling and was practically done with the sport.
Fate decreed otherwise. A win over Alexander Dimitrenko paid $200,00 0 in 2019 and led the way for him to handle Joshua at brief notification when the Briton’s set up opponent Jarrell Miller stopped working drug tests.
That win earned him in excess of $5m. He will pocket over double that figure on Saturday.
” He was depressed often not combating,” remembers his dad.
Trainer Manny Robles includes: “Boxing resembles life. You have ups and downs. It’s being strong to not let a circumstance defeat you. He conquered it and thanks to that here we are today.”
‘ It felt bad – he’s my boy, that’s his weight’
Robles gave his fighter time to himself after the 1 June win. Ruiz did take some time away from the sport but then devoted himself to a three-month training camp for the rematch as he bids to retain the WBA, IBF and WBO belts he won in such spectacular fashion.
There is acknowledgement that there are now brand-new interruptions, but Robles adds: “Once I get him in the fitness center I know he is mine and I have control of the scenario. That is what happened for this camp.”
Understanding of the fighter has changed too. His weight is not considerably different from when he first fought Joshua yet he has actually moved from being considered as a chubby walkover to a fast-moving threat.
” It felt bad as he’s my son, that’s his weight,” states Ruiz Sr.
” I informed individuals I would bet money on him winning [the first fight] in the seventh round. Individuals were asking why I had such faith. They would not take the bet so I went to the gambling establishments and wager cash and won.
” I made a lot of money. I knew he would win.
” His mom and me can see that he is doing much better. As a daddy I feel so happy that he is doing the things that he desires. Not a lot of fighters make it. It’s like winning the lotto.”
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Some might say Ruiz won the lottery by getting his late chance at Joshua. However no-one can argue he was talented a win. He took his opportunity, plain and basic.
If he wins again, mega battles will come his way.
At least one more new cars and truck will be on the agenda too obviously, just as long as his daddy’s not looking.
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