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Andy Ruiz Jr. on Becoming First Mexican Heavyweight Champion

Andy Ruiz Jr. on Becoming First Mexican Heavyweight Champion


>>Jimmy: THAT’S ALL RIGHT. WELCOME. HOW ARE YOU FEELIN’? HAVE A SEAT. WE’LL PUT THAT RIGHT THERE.>>I’M ALL RIGHT NOW.>>Jimmy: YOU FEELIN’ ALL RIGHT?>>YEAH, I’M FEELIN’ REALLY GOOD.>>Jimmy: YOU WORKED FOR A LONG TIME TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. YOU WERE A 11-1 UNDERDOG. THEY SAY IT IS THE BIGGEST UPSET SINCE BUSTER DOUGLAS BEAT MIKE AT T TYSON.>>IT’S A BLESSING BEING THE FIRST MEXICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.>>Jimmy: WE DON’T HAVE MANY FIGHTERS FROM MEXICO, IS THAT RIGHT?>>MM-HM.>>Jimmy: ARE THEY NOT EATING ENOUGH? WHAT’S GOING ON?>>I THINK THEIR PARENTS ARE GIVING THEM TOO MANY RICE AND BEANS LIKE MY MOM DID. BUT LUCKILY, I’M ONE OF THE BIG ONES.>>Jimmy: YOU MENTIONED YOUR MOM GIVING YOU RICE AND BEANS. THIS IS A CHILDHOOD PHOTO IN WHICH YOU ALSO SEEM TO HAVE BEEN GIFTED WITH A BOTTLE OF TEQUILA. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WAS THAT YOURS? OR ARE YOU JUST JOKIN’ AROUND THERE?>>I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER, MAN.>>Jimmy: YOU DON’T REMEMBER. THEN I GUESS IT WAS PROBABLY YOURS. DID YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT THAT YOU WOULD WIN THIS FIGHT?>>OF COURSE I DID, YOU KNOW. EVER SINCE THE TRAINING THAT WE’VE BEEN DOING, SINCE MY LAST FIGHT, FIGHTING ALEXANDER MATRINKO. I KEPT TELLING EVERYBODY IN ALL THE INTERVIEWS I WAS GOING TO WIN THE FIGHT. EVERYBODY KEPT DOUBTING ME.>>Jimmy: EVERY BOXER SAYS I’M GOING TO WIN THIS FIGHT. IT WOULD BE RARE IF A FIGHTER SAID “I DON’T KNOW, COULD GO EITHER WAY.”>>I BELIEVED IN MYSELF. AND THIS IS WHY I BECAME THE FIRST MEXICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.>>Jimmy: HOW MUCH LONGER DID YOU KNOW BEFORE YOU FOUGHT?>>I HAD A MONTH AND TWO WEEKS.>>Jimmy: THE GUY WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO FIGHT FAILED THREE DRUG TESTS. HAVE YOU CALLED HIM TO THANK HIM FOR DOING ALL THE DRUGS? >>I HAVE. WE HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP.>>Jimmy: YOU DO.>>HE WANTED ME TO WIN THIS FIGHT.>>Jimmy: AND YOU DID.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: THANKS TO GERALD FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS, BUT THANKS TO GERALD. SO YOU ARE NOW GOING TO HAVE A REMATCH, BECAUSE AS THE CHAMPION, THAT IS HIS, HE’S ABLE TO DICTATE THAT. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO A REMATCH?>>OF COURSE, YOU KNOW. IF HE WANTS TO REMATCH, I’LL GIVE IT TO HIM. I’M WILLING TO GO OVER THERE OR IF THEY’RE WILLING TO COME OVER HERE.>>Jimmy: TO THE UK?>>MM-HM. WE’RE STARTING NEGOTIATIONS.>>Jimmy: OH, YOU WOULD GO OVER THERE?>>I WOULD.>>Jimmy: I THINK YOU STAY HERE. BECAUSE BOXING, IT CAN BE VERY SHAKY, YOU KNOW, WELL, YOU KNOW HOW IT IS, AND I THINK YOU WANT TO, I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS FIGHT HERE.>>HAVE IT HERE IN AMERICA. YEAH, I AGREE.>>Jimmy: OR MEXICO.>>OR MEXICO.>>Jimmy: KEEP GOING SOUTH. HAVE IT IN VENEZUELA IF YOU CAN.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FIRST FOUGHT?>>I WAS 6 YEARS OLD WHEN I FIRST WENT INTO A GYM AND MY FIRST AMATEUR FIGHT I WAS 7 YEARS OLD. MY DAD SAID I WAS GOING TO FIGHT IN SAN DIEGO. I WAS THIS BIG, HEAVY KID. NOBODY WAS IN MY WEIGHT AT THAT AGE. SO I HAD TO FIGHT 12 YEAR OLD, 13 YEAR OLD WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD. AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW, I WAS BEATING THEM.>>Jimmy: THAT HAD TO MAKE THEM THINK TWICE ABOUT A FUTURE IN BOXING GETTING BEATEN BY A 7-YEAR-OLD.>>BY A 7-YEAR-OLD.>>Jimmy: WHEN ARE YOU A 11-1 UNDERDOG, WHICH YOU WERE, DOES YOUR FAMILY BET ON YOU?>>AS A MATTER OF FACT MY DAD, MY BROTHER, MY MOM, ALL OF THEM ALMOST MADE $10,000 OFF OF ME.>>Jimmy: WHAT DO YOU MEAN THEY ALMOST MADE.>>WELL, THEY DID.>>Jimmy: THEY BET ALMOST $1,000 EACH.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: WOW. THAT’S YOUR BROTHER AND YOUR DAD.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: SENIOR. OH, YOU KNOW WHAT, AS PROUD OF YOURSELF AS YOU ARE I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW PROUD YOUR DAD IS OF YOU RIGHT NOW. AM I WRONG ON THAT? ? O>>OH, I FEEL SO PROUD, MAN, MY ROCKY MEXICAN. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>Jimmy: SO OBVIOUSLY, YOUR PHYSIQUE IS WHAT GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE INTERESTED IN YOU. WHAT IS THE PLAN FORT THE REMATCH? DO YOU LOSE WEIGHT? DO YOU STAY RIGHT HERE?>>I WANT TO GET IN BETTER SHAPE, LOOK LIKE A MEXICAN AJ, GET THOSE MUSCLES INTO. JUST STAY HEALTHY AND WATCH WITH THE FOOD AND ALL THAT.>>Jimmy: WELL, CONGRATULATIONS. THAT WAS SOME FIGHT. THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN, AND YOU KNOCK THIS GUY. IT REALLY WAS QUITE A FIGHT. AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND GOOD LUCK IN THE REMATCH. THAT WILL BE IN NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER?>>NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER, THAT’S THE NEGOTIATIONS. BUT WHATEVER, WHENEVER IT’S GOING TO BE, IT’S GOING TO BE A HELL OF A FIGHT.

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