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Andy Ruiz: This Won't Be My 15 Minutes of Fame - I'll Win Rematch!

By Miguel Rivera

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. does not want to wake up from the dream he's been able to enjoy since last month when he defeated Anthony Joshua to become the unified champion of his weight class.

On Monday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) carried out a press conference where Ruiz was given a specially made belt for him. Former Puerto Rican champions such as Miguel Cotto, Iván Calderón, Juanma López, Alex Sanchez, John John Molina and Samuel Serrano were also present, among others.

"My life changed completely. Everything has been a dream. I worked hard, I achieved everything I wanted to do and now that I am a world champion, it is something wonderful," shared Ruiz with Carlos Gonzalez.

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Ruiz's life took a 180 degree turn since he knocked out Joshua in the seventh round. He already had the opportunity to meet Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico.

"People now come after me for a photo or a video, but it's nice because it's what I wanted. I was not prepared for the fame I acquired, but everything comes at the right time. We have to become humble and enjoy everything that comes," Ruiz said.

Ruiz, 29, joins Puerto Rico's John Ruiz as the only Hispanics to hold a heavyweight belt.

Now Ruiz moves forward, with a rematch with Joshua that is being positioned for the fall, and he has no intention of being the loser.

"My name will remain in history as the first Mexican to become champion of the heavyweight division. I feel good about everything that is happening through all the sacrifices that I made. This is what I've wanted from the age of six," said Ruiz.

"I do not want it to be my 15 minutes of fame. I have to throw more [desire and dedication] to win the rematch."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jkp on 07-02-2019

[QUOTE=Phenom;19873170]If Ruiz wins the rematch expect IBF and WBO to both call mandatories day after the fight Belts are going to be scattered and AJ will somehow fight for a vacant belt against David Price or something[/QUOTE] Yep, Eddie will…

Comment by Ghost_Rider on 07-02-2019

When it came down to the wire, ruiz was just more of a warrior than joshua. Joshua showed weakness of heart. If joshua has any chance he has to improve his boxing ability and strategy greatly. But what will happen…

Comment by siablo14 on 07-02-2019

[QUOTE=FerronK;19873665]That is that I think too. I really liked Ruiz and since his win he has been talking a lot of ****. And of the hatred that Joshua has received from Black American, Mexican and Fury fans, there is a…

Comment by CaptainWalrus on 07-02-2019

Second fight will get more views than the first. British boxing need the belts back but Andy has other plans.

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-02-2019

[QUOTE=Phenom;19873170]If Ruiz wins the rematch expect IBF and WBO to both call mandatories day after the fight Belts are going to be scattered and AJ will somehow fight for a vacant belt against David Price or something[/QUOTE] ... In case…

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