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Andy Ruiz Jr: Everybody underestimated me, everything I said came true

Andy Ruiz Jr discusses his massive win over Anthony Joshua.

Andy Ruiz Jr made jaws drop the world over last night at MSG, stopping Anthony Joshua to lift the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles in the main event, doing exactly what he said he’d do: prove everyone wrong and become world champion.

Ruiz spoke at the post-fight presser about what is by far the biggest win of his career.

On the win

“We’ve been working really hard, man, really hard. I wanted to prove everybody wrong, all the doubters thinking I was going to lose in the third round, first round. I was looking at comments, as well. But what do you know, man? I’m the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. It’s a blessing. ... I’m still pinching myself to see if this is real, man! Wow. It’s amazing.”

On being knocked down in the third round

“That was crazy that that happened, right? That was my first time on the canvas. When I was on the canvas I was, like, ‘Whoa, what the hell just happened?’ But I had to get him back. I had to get him back. I think that’s when the Mexican blood in me, the Mexican warrior that I have, I had to return the favor.”

On the stoppage

“That’s the referee’s job. The referee knows what he’s doing. If he would’ve just let it go, I think I would’ve stopped the fight in more dramatic fashion, but he did what he had to do. The job was for him.”

On finding the openings

“I was waiting for him to open up. I wanted to break him down a little bit more, work the body. He hits really hard, man. He hits pretty hard. I just needed to be smart in there. I thought he opened up too much to where I could counter him. The speed, I think, got to him, and we got this victory.”

On his conversation with Anthony Joshua

“AJ’s a (good) guy. I give my highest to him. He’s a respectful guy, and so was I. I just was telling him, ‘Thank you, man, thank you,’ and he was telling me, ‘You did an amazing job, you did good, you did good.’ I still can’t believe it, man. I still can’t believe it.”

On extra motivation being a big underdog

“Everyone’s been doubting me since the beginning, especially in this fight. Nobody wanted to know that I was gonna win. Nobody did. Everybody that bet on me is gonna make some serious money.”

On when he knew he could win

“Before this fight even happened, I called him out and said I’d rather fight AJ than any other heavyweight that had a belt. I knew that I could beat him. I knew my abilities were going to give him trouble, the speed, I knew that he opened up too much. And what do you know? ... The speed, the movement. I feel I could’ve moved the head a little more and been more aggressive, but I just wanted to take my time each round and let my hands go when he let his hands go. That’s when I connected really well.”

On what he feels he exposed of Joshua

“The body shots. But he’s a warrior. He got up every single time I put him down. I got up when he put me down. I think we’re both warriors in there. I respect him and every boxer that gets in the ring, risking their lives to make history and to take care of their family. I respect every fighter.”

On whether he was underestimated

“Everybody in this room underestimated me.”

On Manny Robles’ influence on his career

“Manny Robles has been on me since fuckin’ day one, man, calling me, like, ‘Where are you at? You need to come to the gym!’ But you know what? All that paid off. He told me I was gonna thank him this time, and thank you, man. My dad, as well.”

On his approach

“I didn’t want to leave it to the judges for this fight. I knew if it would’ve come out a decision, I don’t think I would’ve got the victory. I had to fight hard, let everything out in that ring. What do you know, we got the victory.”

On Anthony Joshua

“I’m going to respect Joshua either way. He’s a champion. Well, he’s an ex-champion now. I respect the dude a lot, but once we’re in the ring, there’s no friends, there’s no respect. But I respect the man.”

On what his plans are now

“I just want to keep fighting. Keep making legacy, you know, and become like a Canelo Mexican heavyweight. That’s what I’m trying to do, make a legacy and a big name for myself, and I just proved that.”

On Joseph Parker, Ruiz’s only loss

“I don’t really care. When I fought him, I trained myself. A lot of people don’t know I trained myself for that fight. I feel I won, and now I have the WBO championship, so I’m just happy. I just wanna take this moment with my family, my kids, and just enjoy it.”

On Joshua looking past him

“I think they looked over me. I feel they should have paid attention to me first instead of thinking about plans for Wilder or Tyson Fury. I’m a dangerous fighter, as well. I feel they underestimated me and started planning to fight other fighters instead of focusing on me.”

On why he was underestimated

“I think just the way I look. The extra flab that I carry, but we’ve been working on it since we fought Dimitrenko. After we got this fight right away, we didn’t want to lose much weight. I wanted to be strong. I actually gained five more pounds just to be a little stronger because Anthony’s a big guy. But now that I have this time, I just want to get in really good shape and look like a Mexican Anthony.”

On becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion

“I think Mexico has every champion in every fight now that we have the Mexican heavyweight champion. I think it’s gonna do a lot for my community and for Mexico. I’m just happy that it’s me. I’m so fuckin’ happy that it’s me.”

On his first knockdown

“I’d never been on the canvas until today, and I got up. That’s the real warrior that I am. A lot of fighters they go down and they get back up, and they keep fighting and fighting until they win, and that’s exactly what we did.”

On his final words for everyone

“We did it, baby. All the people that believed in me, we did it. Everything that I said came true. All the doubters, too bad, man.”

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