Newly-crowned unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz revealed the first thing he did with his prizemoney for beating Anthony Joshua was buy his mum a car.
Ruiz, 29, spoke in his hometown on Friday on the eve of a parade to mark his historic achievement.
Ruiz, who stopped Joshua in the seventh round of their June 1 bout at Madison Square Garden, captured the WBA, WBO, IBF and the IBO heavyweight titles.
“Well first of all…I bought a car for my mum, that was the first purchase that I made from the money that I got,” said Ruiz, born in the city of Imperial, California, which will host his parade on Saturday.
“I bought my mum a car because I messed up a lot of her cars when I was young.”
Ruiz inflicted the first professional defeat of Joshua’s career and derailed the Briton’s plans for a unification clash with American Deontay Wilder in 2020.
Joshua activated the rematch clause with Ruiz just days after the defeat, with early suggestions that if it takes place in London, it could be set for November at Wembley Stadium or English Premier League club Tottenham’s new stadium.
The 30-year-old furthered his reputation as the world’s finest heavyweight at the MGM Grand by repeatedly hurting his German opponent from the opening bell, dropping him in the second round before forcing his corner to throw in the towel after two minutes and fifty seconds.
For all of his natural talent Fury has rarely been a destructive fighter, but at a time when he has the attention of a wider audience in the US and when his rewarding contract with ESPN commits him to fighting there he proved almost as entertaining as in December’s draw with Wilder.
Fury revealed that he is scheduled to fight again on either September 21 or October 5 in New York, and that the rematch with dangerous WBC champion Wilder will then become his priority in the first half of 2020 after he felt he should have got the verdict the first time around.
He wore the US stars and stripes to and in the ring as he ensured his popularity continued to grow, and he explained: “Deontay Wilder is coming. This fight is happening. There were three horses in the heavyweight division; now there’s two.
“I already beat him once so I’ll beat him again, and he’s going to get a fully match-fit, sharp Tyson Fury. It’s the biggest fight in world boxing, and the biggest we’ll see for the next few years. It doesn’t get any bigger.
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Tyson Fury and Ben Davison went into Tom Schwarz's dressing room after the fight..
"You came to win and that stands for a lot."
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“It’ll be brilliant to fight in New York (before then).
“I wanted to show a few things to the American public, to introduce myself properly.
“I showed a little bit of speed, boxing skill, my ability to slip and slide out of the way of punches and my ability to finish, which is important.
“I’m more active than I’ve ever been in my career, apart from the first year. I’ve always wanted to stay active, and I’m finally getting the opportunity to.
“I feel better with more weight on me, I put on an extra 10 or 11lbs from my last fight and I felt bigger and stronger for it.”
When the fight with the 25-year-old, previously-undefeated Schwarz was made, Fury revealed fighting in Vegas had been a lifelong ambition, and he said: “This was my coming-out party. You saw me fight in December but I had to lose 147lbs for that fight. I wasn’t at my strongest.
“This time I had enough training and was strong, fit and ready to put on a show. My next few fights are definitely going to be in America. I wanted to put on a statement and a show and have fun.
“I wasn’t punch-perfect, although it was a good performance I still got hit with one punch, which is one too many times. We’re going to go back and get in the gym as soon as we get back on Tuesday.
“We saw a British fighter (Anthony Joshua) travel to America a couple of weeks ago and he didn’t look like he wanted to be in there. This was Tyson Fury in Las Vegas; the biggest thing that’s happened in my career so far.
“Driving over in the car with my wife, I said ‘I think we’ve made it, Paris. We’re headlining in Vegas, this is it’. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Tyson Fury eased to victory on the occasion of his first fight in Las Vegas as he furthered his reputation as the world’s finest heavyweight by stopping Germany’s Tom Schwarz in the second round.
Fulfilling a lifelong ambition of finally fighting in the Sin City, at the revered MGM Grand, he showed a destructive edge he has rarely previously demonstrated to justify the significant interest he has generated in the US since his fight with Deontay Wilder.
Fury had perhaps re-established himself as the world’s leading heavyweight with December’s thrilling draw against the American, when his performance deserved victory, and his reputation grew to such an extent he signed a lucrative contract to fight on ESPN out of the US against an unremarkable opponent.
Concerns persisted that the rounded abilities he traditionally favours over power and strength meant he would win without the sense of drama generated against Wilder and instead effortlessly out-jab Schwarz in the same way he once did Dereck Chisora, but he instead fought to make a statement and succeeded in doing exactly that.
Wearing the US stars and stripes to and in the ring in an obvious attempt to further his growing popularity among Americans, he made a typically fast start to highlight the extent of the challenge the 25-year-old Schwarz faced.
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