Andy Ruiz is the first Mexican to win the world heavyweight championship. He will box Luis Ortiz in a few days.
Despite the controversy surrounding his breakup with the Canelo Team and criticism of his physique, Ruiz claims he is 100 percent focused on winning the match in order to earn a new title shot.
Ruiz says that his detractors just serve to inspire him since he constantly contributes more throughout training. He said in an interview with ESPN’s David Faitelson that there is “no physical contest” to participate in his category since the emphasis is on developing other skills like strength, speed, and agility.
Ruiz said: “I don’t need to be that weight to have the power. I want to be strong and that’s how we’re going to be. My dad tells me that ‘God made me a chubby champion’ and that’s how I am. I carry the weight well. This is not a body contest.”
Nevertheless, he admitted that his lack of concentration when he unexpectedly defeated Anthony Joshua cost him the championship and contributed to his disappointing loss in the rematch. However, everything has changed since then. Ruiz will demonstrate this to Luis Ortiz.
Ruiz added: “All those who don’t support me, motivate me. They are not the ones who are up in the ring taking the punches. There were times when it was true, I wasn’t focused on the fights like I had to be, but now I have my gym and I’m more motivated,” said Andy Ruiz.
Andy Ruiz emphasized his opponent’s skill as well. He said that punch is what matters in heavyweight matches.
“One punch can change the whole fight and that’s what we have to take care of. Since he is a southpaw, we have to change my style.”
Lastly, Ruiz said that despite the disparity in size and strength in his hands, he would want to compete against the large men in his category.
Ruiz state: “I would like to face Tyson Fury. I look more against tall fighters. I’m not saying that Usyk is short but I’d like to fight Tyson Fury, it would be a very tough fight.”
At the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles, California, on September 4, Andy Ruiz and Luis Ortiz will square off.