Ex-champ Ruiz has surgical procedure, hopes for Dec. bout

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Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. underwent profitable surgical procedure on his proper knee on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and he is scheduled to return to the ring in December, his staff instructed ESPN Knockout.

Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs), 31, hoped to face Charles Martin in October, however he lastly made the choice to endure the surgical procedure that he stated had been delayed for years.

“He underwent surgical procedure on his proper knee, he had been combating that knee for about three years,” Andy Ruiz Sr. stated. “He couldn’t run very a lot, he couldn’t do sure actions, he used gel to mitigate the ache, but it surely was not sufficient and he made the choice to get the process executed, which was an arthroscopy. It was executed by the identical physician who operated on Canelo [Alvarez], Pedro Lomeli Jaime.”

There’s an opportunity Ruiz will not struggle once more till 2022, however Ruiz’s father stated each the physician and the bodily coach instructed him he may nonetheless make the December timeline. Ruiz final fought in Might, defeating Chris Arreola.

“They gave us hope that he would come again in December,” Ruiz Sr. stated. “The bodily coach and the physician instructed us that if the whole lot goes effectively as it’s now, then there may be that risk, however we are going to see when the time comes. For now we’re pleased that the surgical procedure went effectively.”

Ruiz grew to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world in June 2019 after scoring a seventh-round TKO victory over Anthony Joshua in one of many greatest upsets within the historical past of the game. Six months later, Ruiz lost the belts to Joshua in a rematch and ended his relationship with coach Manny Robles to affix Eddy Reynoso’s staff.

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