Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz worked for weeks in Las Vegas, mostly at the Bones Adams Gym. He is now in Macau, about to to take on undefeated Joe Hanks in a significant bout on Top Rank's Fists of Gold ll on Saturday at the Venetian Macao CotaiArena.
Ruiz is 19-0, Hanks 21-0.
Ruiz plans to go onto an immediate attack, says chief trainer Big Jeff Gramoja.
"Hanks record of 21-0 is a concern for sure," Gramoja said. "But I've seen Hanks before. We plan to go right in and attack the boxer. That is how Andy trained for this fight - to land our jabs, attack the body, use hand speed and break him down.
"We've worked a long time for this. We are expecting Andy to have a great performance and victory," Gramoja said.
Ruiz vs Hanks will be broadcast exclusively on UniMas Solo Boxeo Tecate Saturday at 11 pm eastern, 11 pm pacific.
Saturday, July 27, The Venetian Macao CotaiArena HBO
Fists of Gold ll
Main Event, 6 Rds., Flyweights
ZOU SHIMING, 1-0, 1 KO, Guizho, China
vs JESUS ORTEGA, 3-1, 2 KOs, Hermosillo, Mexico
12 Rds., WBO, WBA World Flyweight Championship
Champion JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA, 22-2, 17 KOs,
vs MILAN MELINDO, 28-0, 11 KOs, Mandaue City, Philippines
12 Rds., IBF Featherweight Championship
Champion EVGENY GRADOVICH, 16-0, 8 KOs, Oxnard, Ca.
vs MAURICIO MUNOZ, 26-3, 12 KOs, San Juan, Argentina
10 Rds., WBO Continental Heavyweight Championship
ANDY RUIZ, 19-0, 13 KOs, Mexicali
vs JOE HANKS, 21-0, 14 KOs, Los Angeles
8 Rds., Super Bantamweights
GENESIS SERVANIA, 19-0, 6 KOs, Cebu City, Philippines
vs KONOSUKE TOMIYAMA, 23-5-1, 17 KOs, Tokyo, Japan
6 Rds., Super Flyweights
REX TSO, 6-0, 4 KOs, Hong Kong
vs RUSALEE SAMOR, 20-4-2, 9 KOs, Pattani, Thailand