Andy Ruiz Underwent Knee Surgery Tuesday
Andy Ruiz Jr. on Tuesday had successful right knee surgery down in Guadalajara, Jalisco, with hopes of an in-ring return in December, per a report by Salvador Rodriguez to ESPN Knockout.
Andy’s father, Andy Ruiz Sr. speaking with ESPN Knockout, explained that his son had surgery on his right knee as it was hindering his movement.
“ They operated on his right knee, he had already been struggling with that knee for about three years, he could not run very much, he could not do certain movements, he used gel and that 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,” said Andy Ruiz Sr. to ESPN Knockout.
Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz recovering from knee surgery, hopes to fight in December https://t.co/oJkQQcBaaE
— Salvador Rodriguez (@ChavaESPN) August 18, 2021
The ESPN Knockout report also mentioned that it was a procedure that was postponed for years and helped scrap a talked about the possible matchup against Charles Martin for October. The successful surgery does give Ruiz a chance to close out the year in the ring possibly.
“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 that possibility exists, but we will see when the moment arrives. Now we are happy that the surgery went well, “said Ruiz Sr.
Ruiz became a household name as the first unified Mexican American Heavyweight champion of the world in 2019, upsetting Anthony Joshua in New York City. That win was one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Joshua would avenge that loss to regain the titles back that December in Saudi Arabia. Looking to make his way back to the top, Ruiz was last in action in February, winning on points against Chris Arreola.
It will be fascinating to see how Ruiz looks now that he is leaner since he won the titles since changing camps over to Eddy Reynoso and now with a new right knee to work with.