Andy Ruiz Jr arrived to Mexico on Tuesday for a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
Ruiz Jr, who defeated Anthony Joshua on June 1st with a seventh round TKO, fulfilled a dream by becoming the first ever Mexican boxer to become world heavyweight champion.
To celebrate, he and his team traveled to Mexico City, where the California native was met by a welcoming Mexican President.
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) June 11, 2019
“President Lopez Obrador,” Ruiz Jr. tweeted; “an honor and a dream come true to meet you.”
Conversely, the President’s official Twitter (which unlike Ruiz Jr’s is verified), shared a video of the historic meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
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
“He brought me these gloves that I will not use because I am a pacifist, and look, I was thinking, he is a character, he comes from below, he is the product of the effort, sacrifice, of the struggle of many Mexicans, shows what perseverance is worth, stubbornness, they can knock you down and you have to lift up, until you succeed,” Lopez Obrador said of Ruiz, who received a special 500 peso bill featuring former president Benito Juárez.
On the bill, July 1 18 was written on it, commemorating the date of Obrador’s election into office, as well as Ruiz initials A.R.