Andy Ruiz: I Would Do Good Against Deontay Wilder

By "Bigtime" Tim Kudgis

This past Monday on ATG Radio, we had the chance to sit down with Top Rank heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz (19-0).  On 7/27 LIVE on HBO 2, Ruiz will be squaring off with fellow undefeated HW prospect Joe Hanks (20-0) in a fight that can catapult the winner into title contention.  When speaking to Ruiz we had the chance to cover several topics.  Here is what he had to say:

His thoughts on Joe Hanks:

Joe Hanks is pretty tall and pretty fast.  He is pretty strong.  I think I my speed and pressure and throwing combinations left and right, moving the head, just going forward and sticking to the game plan.  I think I will be too much for him.

On whether will he be looking for a KO:
I am going to stick with the game plan.  The game plan is to win.  I am going to use my speed, jab and combinations.  That is what people want to see.  They don't want to see a heavyweight that throws just one punch or two punches.  They want to see a different kind of heavyweight that throws punches like a smaller weight does.  The plan is to throw the combinations, let the hands go and hopefully the KO will come.

On his fight with Joe Hanks:

Top Rank and the matchmaker are the ones doing all of the fights and matchmaking.  The fight with Joe Hanks is a good fight.  I sparred with him when I was 16-17 years old and didn't have a problem with him when I was sparring him.  I think it will be a good fight.  He has fought with people who that really weren't that super good.  When was the last time he fought?  I think it was February.  He hasn't been active and I am ready to go!

On Tyson Fury's trash talk about being able to KO any Heavyweight:

There is always trash talkers.  This is pro boxing not pro talking shit game.  I like to do my talking in the ring.  I don't like to talk shit outside of the ring.  I like let the talking get done in the ring.  That is the kind of guy I am.  I don't like to call out people. I don't like to beat like I can beat this guy or this and that.  I am a real mellow guy.  I like to meet up in the ring and let it happen.

On facing the likes of Fury and or Wilder:

Sure of course.  As long as my promoter and manager are fine with it, I am ready to go.  I train hard.  A lot of people don't think so but I work hard.  I am only 19-0 and I think they have over 20 fights like 25 or 26.   I am pretty sure sometime next year we will go at it.

On facing Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder is a good fighter too. In 2008,  I went to China with him.  I think it was the pre-Olympics.  I don't know but I think I would do good with him.  I do better with taller people that are pretty fast than shorter people.  I am with it if the promoter and matchmaker is says it's right.  I'm with it.  Whatever I have to do to get my name up there in the rankings so if it is him I am with it.

To hear more from Andy Ruiz Jr. or to hear the interview in it's entirety go to ATGRADIO.COM!

Tim Kudgis is a co-host/producer of ATG Radio which airs every Monday & Wednesday from 7pm-9pm PST.  He also proudly covers the AZ Boxing scene for  For more from Tim or ATG Radio check out

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by apocalypto on 06-27-2013

Ruiz should go after ones of the brit hype jobs. He would do a number on them if his chin holds up

Comment by ddangerous on 06-27-2013

If Ruiz disposes of Hanks, I'd be down.

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