Heavyweight Champ Andy Ruiz Presents Golden Gloves & Belt To Mexico At Palacio Nacional
Instead of a White House visit, Heavyweight Champion of the World Andy Ruiz Jr. was received by Mexican President AMLO at the Palacio Nacional.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion of the World, capturing the title from Anthony Joshua in one of boxing's most major upsets.
Many have been quick to point out that Andy is not "Mexican", since he was born and raised in the United States. But, Andy, whose parents are both immigrants from Mexico, proudly identifies as Mexican, as do many here in the states.
"I just made history, baby, for Mexico!" exclaimed a post-fight Andy, who started his amateur career in Mexico, and has represented Mexico in both Junior Olympics and Olympic qualifying tournaments. Los mexicanos nacemos donde se nos da la rechingada gana.
It's no wonder then that Andy chose to share his glory with his patria rather than take a trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, presenting Mexico with his golden gloves and a copy of his three crown Heavyweight Champion of the World belt.
"Estoy muy orgulloso y emocionado de estar aquí/I'm very proud and excited to be here," Andy said after touring the Palacio Nacional with his parents and team. "Quería traer a mi papá, a mi mamá y a todo mi equipo, ser algo grande para México y quiero que sepan que soy mexicano también/I wanted to bring my dad, my mom, and my whole team, be something great for Mexico and I want them to know that I'm Mexican too."
Recibí a Andy Ruiz Jr., campeón mundial de boxeo de peso completo, orgullo de México. pic.twitter.com/YtTQQfLo76— Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) June 11, 2019
Andy's message to all those out there struggling is that anything is possible with faith and hard work.
"Yo sufrí mucho desde chiquito y todo es posible, nomás cree en Dios, trabaja duró y todo es posible."
Andy hopes to represent Mexico in the next Olympics and bring home the gold.