Standing at 1.88m tall and weighing 268lbs Andy Ruiz Jr who was seemingly the underdog, has revealed how being completely written off inspired him to his incredible victory over world Champion, Anthony Joshua.
The Mexican was given little chance of beating previously unbeaten Briton Joshua at Madison Square Gardens with jibes about his stocky appearance made during Friday’s weigh-in where he outweighed Joshua by 20 pounds.
Amazingly, he went ahead to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles as he produced a TKO in the seventh round to stun the highly praised Joshua who has not been beaten since 2011.
“That was my first time on the canvas, and I was like, ‘What the hell just happened’,” Ruiz Jr, like Joshua aged 29, said. “But I had to get him back, I had to return the favour. That was my Mexican spirit coming through, I had to get him back.
“I was waiting for him to open up and break him down to the body. He hits really hard, man. But I thought he opened up too much so I could counter him.
“I’ve been working really hard, man. I wanted to prove all the doubters wrong, I’d seen all the comments.