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13234682_551251081701612_601345622_oNew York, NY – Renan Ruiz continues to prepare for his eight-round super welterweight fight next Thursday evening up in Rochester, New York at the Main Street Armory.

The just turned 24-year old from Spanish Harlem is a part of another Pretty Girl Promotions card  opposing the rugged Arturo Crespin (12-6), a southpaw from Las Vegas , New Mexico.

As of now the fight is on as he continues to train at the reputed Mendez Boxing Gym in the Manhattan flatiron district. Until the weigh-in next week anything is possible with issues of weight and final clearance by strict procedures of the New York State Athletic Commission. Ruiz knows about a fight getting cancelled and the disappointment.

In his young career, there have been numerous opponents that have been scrapped, but he goes on and continues the quest because boxing is what he has been doing since he was seven-years old as a kid growing up in Puerto Rico in the city of Dorado.

“Not easy,” he said Thursday afternoon after another session of preparation with veteran trainer Jose “Lupin” Guzman.  “It’s discouraging, makes you question and second guess if you want to be a fighter but you know you have the talent and force yourself to do it. “

And this is a year where Ruiz anticipates fighting often.  At 7-1-1, and coming off an eight-round unanimous decision in December down in West Virginia, it was his goal to stay busy and fight often. That quest begins next week and with new management there is a plan to climb the ranks.

But, Ruiz, like any fighter knows there are obstacles and the  one aspect that stands out is the attitude to continue and make it happen. He stays positive and is patient that he can represent the people of Puerto Rico as a champion they can admire, and this upcoming fight is for the UBF, (Universal Boxing Federation) All America Middleweight title.

Though UBF may be considered more alphabet soup among the many title belts in boxing, it does mean something because a win for Ruiz is a step up. And regardless of the letters on the belt it is still a championship, and these days in boxing getting any title means opportunity for bigger and better fights.

He is asked about the dominance of champions that represent the sport from Puerto Rico. He has always admired Wilfredo Benitez for his defense and a fighter that motivated him by winning a title at 17-years old.

He admired the knockout streak of Wilfredo Gomez, the unheralded and smallest fighter at the time, Ivan Calderon, and the styles of champions Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto, the first four-division champion from Puerto Rico.

So, Ruiz knows something about boxing and what it means to the people of Puerto Rico. He hopes to one day be in that caliber of Hall of Fame fighters.

“To be elite,” he says. “A culture thing. It’s part of the culture, almost a responsibility. Puerto Rico you have to live up to that expectation of being an elite fighter.”

In other words boxing and Puerto Rico have that connection, and there are loyal fans who are aware of the upcoming fighter as they sit next in throne to the current champions.

Ruiz is aware of that. Nobody has to tell him about how the pressure is to live up to expectations. At Mendez, the people who know boxing do tell him, that he has that potential to be a champion.  They watch him hitting the bags, the pads, and when he goes in the ring to spar.

“I have people that believe I have a high level of talent,” Ruiz says.  “Trainers, managers, sparring partners, other world class fighters telling me, I have a lot of talent and see how far you take it.  That’s what keeps me going.”

Fighting a southpaw for the first time, and when he gets in the ring next week it is the anniversary of Ruiz’ first pro fight four years ago. So this will be significant in many ways and another win under his new management team, “Eight Count Media” is supposed to pave the way to television fights and more lucrative pay days in the ring.

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