Andy Ruiz Jr. on Becoming First Mexican Heavyweight Champion
Andy Ruiz Phenomenon. World champion who looks like a burger guy
Andy Ruiz is perhaps the biggest sensation in the boxing world this year. How did this Mexican fat man defeat Anthony Joshua and become the world heavyweight champion? Many are perplexed how this guy with a beer belly and weighing over 120 kg delivers such fast and strong blows and maintains, it would seem, incredible endurance for his body throughout the fight. Andy Ruiz's sports results are impressive: during his professional career, the boxer won 33 victories (22 of them by knockout) and suffered only one defeat. However, the fight against excess weight is given to him, oddly enough, much more difficult.
At the start of his professional career, at the age of 19, Andy weighed 135 kg, and all the following years he has been trying to lose weight, but he is still so and could not reach the desired, according to him, mark of 109-110 kg. Snickers has been Andy's favorite treat since childhood. The boxer does not part with him anywhere, and even takes him to television. His father instilled love for the chocolate bar in Ruiz Jr., thus rewarding his son for all small victories.
Sports nutrition specialist Dr. Mayur Rankordas expressed his opinion on this matter: When we work with someone in our laboratory , we start by measuring body composition - muscle mass in relation to fat mass, says the specialist. - If you want to become a champion in cycling, you don't need fat - it only adds weight and reduces speed. This is not the case in boxing.
While most boxers are keen to lose weight before a fight, Dr.Rankordas insists that fat can be beneficial for a boxer if he has the physical strength to handle the high load .
Will Andy be able to stay at the top for a long time or will the excess weight play a cruel joke on him? One way or another, Ruiz is right now at the peak of his popularity and is preparing for a rematch with Joshua, which will take place on December 7 this year.
By the way, Ruiz is not the only overweight boxer who has managed to reach great heights. In the middle of the last century, one of the most eccentric heavyweights in the history of Tony Galento amazed the whole world with his performances. With a height of only 172 cm, he weighed 108 kg and was one step away from the title of world champion.
Similar examples exist in other sports. Eliza Casanova was the captain of the Italian water polo team, which won gold at the 2012 European Championship.
Eliza's dimensions: height - 186 cm, weight - 100 kg.
The goalkeeper of the Angola national handball team Teresa Almeida , nicknamed Ba, became one of the symbols of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Largely thanks to Teresa's brilliant performance, her team reached the 1/4inal, where the African women lost to the future champions, the Russian national team.
Teresa's dimensions: height - 170 cm, weight - 98 kg.
Gilbert Brown - American football legend, center tackle of the New England Patriots, winner of the 1997 Super Bowl. In honor of him, the Burger King restaurant in Wisconsin even began temporarily selling the Gilbertburger, which weighed about 2.5 kg (93 oz, in honor of Brown's game number).
Gilbert's dimensions: height - 188 cm, weight - 154 kg.
All these examples once again prove that appearance can be deceiving, and an athlete from whom you least expect sharpness and endurance , can do you in no time. And in the case of Andy Ruiz, he will also do it with a good-natured smile on his face.