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Video: 16-year-old Andy Ruiz drops UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski in sparring

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Watch a 16-year-old Andy Ruiz drop Andrei Arlovski in sparring.

Andy Ruiz’ stock has plummeted since losing to Anthony Joshua last year, but the former WBA heavyweight champion is back in the headlines after posting video footage of a sparring session with none other than UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski.

According to Ruiz, he was just 16-years-old at the time, but that didn’t stop the Mexican-American from holding his own against Arlovski and even dropping the former UFC heavyweight champ with a right hand.

Check out the video below.

“I was 16 years old when I had the honor to spar with UFC Heavyweight Champion @andreiarlovski . Super tough guy lived up to his name The Pitbull. I did manage to give him some trouble tho. Thanks champ! So many great memories at the wildcard boxing club where Freddie Roach sharpened my skills as a boxer. Sorry for the vid quality it’s throwback,” Ruiz posted on Instagram yesterday.

Ruiz (33-2) shocked the boxing world with a stunning TKO win over British heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua in 2019 but ‘Destroyer’ was unable to replicate his success in the rematch, losing all his titles after dropping a clear-cut unanimous decision (118–110, 118–110, and 119–109) to ‘AJ’ at Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.