Andy Ruiz Jr. knocks down Anthony Joshua on his way to the heavyweight world title upset.
Andy Ruiz Jr. and his trainer have dedicated their world title upset to everyday people batting weight issues and bullying.
Ruiz has been busy doing the media rounds since Anthony Joshua stunned in New York last weekend to become world heavyweight champion. He has been on American TV talk shows and in chats with the major news organizations.
Naturally the chubby champ's weight issues have been central to the discussions and he has used that to champion the causes close to his heart.
"A lot of people can relate to me," Ruiz told the Washington Post in a story that was syndicated across the US.
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"It doesn't matter how you look. As long as you train hard, you focus and you're hungry, and that drive is in you to follow your dreams, everything is possible."
Ruiz said he struggled at times with people judging him for how he looked and had suffered in some issues that, again, everyday people could relate to.
"I've been bullied a few times in school," Ruiz said.
His trainer Manny Robles delved deeper into the bullying issue.
"This is for all the people out there who get harassed and pushed around," Robles said.
"These kids nowadays, the society we live in, kids being bullied and being harassed, this is for them. This is for all the people to believe and to know that anything in life is possible.
"It's a Cinderella story. The great majority of us people are Andy, or look like Andy. Everybody wishes they had a body like Anthony Joshua. We just don't."
Ruiz agreed: "Everybody is looking for that chilled guy. Just because they have a lot of muscles, they think he's the strongest guy out there, this and that. Lucky for me, the skills pay the bills."
Robles said the most important thing was Ruiz was comfortable with his weight and now used to his advantage in the ring.
While he entered Madison Square Garden at 121.5kg compared to Joshua's 112kg, Robles said Ruiz was in great condition.
"If you go back a few fights, he was much bigger than what he was Saturday night. I want to say he was in great shape for this fight. He physically looked his best."