Ruiz: Canelo Is My Inspiration Prior To AJ Fight

Heading into the biggest fight of his career, Andy Ruiz is motivated by unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez as he walks into Madison Square Garden on June 1st.

Ruiz sat ringside for Alvarez’ unanimous decision win on May 4th against Daniel Jacobs, and hopes to achieve the same rockstar status with a win over Anthony Joshua on Saturday night.

“I didn’t think I would come to this level. A lot of people doubted me,” Ruiz said to Sky Sports. “They said: ‘this chubby kid won’t do nothing, he’s not in shape’. But I kept pursuing my dream, I kept training hard, and put all the negative stuff to the side. I believed in myself.

“Everybody has been underestimating me since day one, and that gives me extra motivation to work harder. Yes, we need to work harder on the body. But it doesn’t make you a great fighter, having a six-pack. What makes a great fighter is having heart and throwing punches. It’s what’s on the inside. It’s passion and courage to fulfil my dreams and accomplish my goal of becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.

“Being at the Canelo fight was a motivation,” the California native explained.

“I want to be the Canelo of the heavyweight division. There has never been a Mexican heavyweight star. It’s unusual but God gave me this talent so I’m here to shock the world, and to get the upset.”

Report: Sky Sports

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