If Andy Ruiz can pull off the upset of the year, he will have done a few things.
One, made a great purse, for stepping to the line and taking on Anthony Joshua June 1 at Madison Square Garden. Two, depending on how he performs, he'll have done himself a favor by stepping up his visibility quotient in a massive manner. And three–if the jumbo hitter from Cali, who boasts a 29-1 mark to go with a baby-face, he is almost guaranteed a sweet side pot ‘o gold, in the form an endorsement deal with the makers of Snickers.
The boxer, who is fighting under the PBc umbrella, after being with Top Rank until last year, went on a Fox magazine program, and beat Anthony Joshua's number on the punch-power measurement meter, right after chowing half a Snickers bar.
Yes, this seems like a win-win type of deal for Ruiz, whose lone loss came to Joseph Parker, in 2016. He last gloved up on April 20, downing the 41-5 vet Alexander Dimitrenko, who is 36, and 3-3 in his last six.
He's collected scalps of some name vets, including Sergey Liakhovich, Ray Austin, and Kevin Johnson. Ruiz gave a decent account of himself against Parker, while Parker's rep was still rising.
His power isn't seen as A grade, Joshua is going to come in with the power edge. Mobility will not be the key to his kingdom, against the jacked Brit. He often punches wide and Joshua will be able to have some luck down the middle, and on that torso, if he so chooses.
It remains to be seen how Ruiz will react to being on a stage with much hotter spotlights than he's dealt with before. It doesn't bode well, maybe, that Ruiz weighed 262 for Dimitrenko, the most he's scaled since 2014. Time to ditch those Snickers–there is plenty of time for that post midnight on June 1, if Ruiz snags the upset win of the year in boxing 2019.