Andy Ruiz underwent knee surgery, hopes to fight in December

08/18/2021 - By Rob Smith - Comments

Andy Ruiz Jr. had right knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a problem that had reportedly been plaguing him for years. According to ESPN KNOCKOUT, the surgery was performed on the 31-year-old Ruiz Jr on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr (34-2, 22 KOs) still hopes to make a quick return to the ring in four months from now in December, as long as his right knee is fully rehabbed and at 100%.

It might be a little optimistic for Ruiz Jr. to return that quickly to the ring after the surgery, but it depends on whether there are any setbacks in his rehab. With a fighter Ruiz’s size, it’s a lot of stress on his knee to carry his weight.

For Ruiz Jr. to increase his chances of coming back by December, he’s going to need to keep control over his diet while he’s hobbling around.

If Andy Jr. balloons up to 300+ while recovering from his knee surgery, it could prove impossible to rehab the knee while trying to take off the weight at the same time for a fight in December.

For his last fight, Ruiz Jr weighed 256 lbs in defeating Chris Arreola by a 12 round unanimous decision on May 1st.

This weight was considerably lower than the 283 lbs Ruiz Jr had weighed in his previous contest a year and a half earlier in December 2019, losing to Anthony Joshua by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Andy Ruiz underwent knee surgery, hopes to fight in December

“They operated on his right knee; he had been struggling with that knee for about three years, he could not run very much, he could not do certain movements,” said Andy Ruiz Sr. told ESPN KNOCKOUT.

“He [Ruiz Jr] used gel to mitigate the pain, but recently it was not enough, and he made the decision of the operation, which was an arthroscopy, and it was done by the same doctor who operated on Canelo, Pedro Lomelí.

“They gave us hope that he would return in December. The same physical trainer, the doctor, told us that if everything goes well as now, then there is that possibility, but we will see when the moment arrives. Now we are happy that the surgery went well, “said Ruiz Sr.

Former IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin had been the target for Ruiz Jr to fight in October, but that was before Andy’s knee surgery on Tuesday. Now that Ruiz is coming off knee surgery, it’s likely that his management team and trainer Eddy Reynoso will opt for a safer opponent.

Ruiz Jr. took an easy fight against 40-year-old Arreola in his last match, which surprisingly was sold on FOX Sports PPV.

The downside of Ruiz fighting another soft opponent is that he’s not going to significantly improve his chances of getting a trilogy match against Joshua that he’s been calling for.

But if Ruiz Jr and his management lack confidence that he can beat one of the top 10 contenders, they should continue their course in pitting him older past their prime guys until he eventually gets his trilogy match with Joshua.


21 thoughts on “Andy Ruiz underwent knee surgery, hopes to fight in December”

  1. Bob arum said Anthony Joshua wasn’t an elite heavyweight. In turn Anthony Joshua said Deontay Wilder wasn’t an elite heavyweight.
    1. Deontay Wilder is number one
    2. Luis Ortiz
    3. Anthony Joshua
    4. Fury
    Cheating tactics disqualify fury from any serious rankings. Plus he hasn’t fought either of the best even when he is sue for a contractual obligation.

  2. Andy Ruiz is very smart and still relevant. He has been underestimated all of his life. Just because he gained weight once, it doesn’t mean he’s going to do that again. As Mr. Ruiz’s body matures so must his training and nutrition evolve if he wants to extend those million dollar contracts for longevity.

  3. No way Anthony Joshua is going to give Andy Ruiz a shot at the title again. And fury ( Usain bold ), isn’t fighting anyone for years, All he does is talk, talk, talk, talk. Andy Ruiz would get an immediate shot at the belt if Deontay Wilder has it, Deontay Wilder is an active fighter.

  4. Fasting is the answer. Everyone wants to be champion but nobody wants to pay the price.

  5. Andrea,
    You are presumptuous, presumeda. Andy can train. Andy Ruiz doesn’t have to gain weight. He can fast. He can train other ways till he recuperates.

  6. Andy Ruiz secret weapon is work ethic. When he trains there’s focused commitment. That’s what makes a champion, that determination for training when others can’t go on. And Andy Ruiz has that.

    • Mr. Andy Ruiz, Skip breakfast, leave the house,stay busy to occupy your mind, skip lunch, no snacks ever, no exceptions. Eat once every one or two days during inactivity. Eat only steak and eggs for a while. You’ll have a better chance at a title shot. Get out of the house early keeping your mind occupied and off of food. No burritos, potato chips, sodas, beer, sugar,bread. No snacks. You will not gain weight.

  7. I saw an interview with Larry merchant where he said to an immigrant reporter,” thank God the Great white hope from the old country cheated.” And the unamerican reporter gingerly replied,” Amen.” It’s a cult religion with these foreigners to cheat the patriotic Americans out of their personal property.

    • God bless 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 the United States Of America, from sea to shining sea, with amber ways of grain, purple mountain majesty, giving proof through the night that our flag was still there.

  8. Camello Alvarez is Irish and won’t fight american boxers either. He was just born in Mexico, he’s Irish too and american boxers will beat him up and take all his belts.

  9. The unamerican had to incentivise the intruder to load his gloves with a metal eggweight, come into the fight on crank and steroids and cocaine. Deontay Wilder was unstoppable and undefeatable. Look for more of the same conspiring to commit defrauding of Deontay Wilder for the third time.

    • Yeah 😊😊😊😂. Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion that ever lived without question. He would whoop Lennox Lewis easy.
      He will whoop fury easier, that’s why the criminal immigrants fear Deontay Wilder. Deontay Wilder has to be poisoned to beat him.

  10. There’s a lot of hatred for Americans all over the world. It they loved Mohamed Ali and now they love Deontay Wilder.

  11. You are not going to get another chance to make these fights you are allowing Anthony Joshua and fury to duck Deontay Wilder and Luis king Kong Ortiz . Almost everything you report is just not true.

    • Yes, I agree with you. Deontay Wilder is a cruiserweight who fights in the heavyweight division and Anthony Joshua and fury 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 him. Deontay Wilder is the pound for pound, not fury. The main stream Medea doesn’t like Americans.

  12. The media is shamefully supporting fury’s fakery. ESPN, fox sports journalist, remove this insane mindset and ring magazine, all of you guys are doing a massive disservice, what are you all on cocaine or some other drug?

  13. That’s a disgrace, not only he won’t be able to train but he’ll put up a massive amount of weight staying still and eating too much: he may (just maybe) fight in december, but it will be at some awful big weight… not what he needed at this point of his career…

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