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Imperial Valley Celebrates Hometown Hero And Heavyweight Boxing Champ Andy Ruiz Jr.

Heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. weighs in at Madison Square Garden, Friday, M...

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Above: Heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. weighs in at Madison Square Garden, Friday, May 31, 2019, before a title bout Saturday against Anthony Joshua in New York.

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A parade is planned through the city of Imperial on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. at Fourth Street and Imperial Avenue and will end at Imperial High School where a rally will be held.

Aired: June 20, 2019 | Transcript

The Imperial Valley is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the victory of hometown hero Andy Ruiz, Jr. as the new heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

A parade and rally is planned through the city of Imperial on Saturday. The parade begins at 8 a.m. at Fourth Street and Imperial Avenue and will end at Imperial High School where a rally will be held. Andy Ruiz, Jr. is expected to speak at the rally.

Ruiz’s upset victory over British boxer Anthony Joshua earlier this month makes him the first Mexican-American heavyweight champ. His victory prompted a wave of pride in Imperial County and across the border.

Freddy Terrazas, a former boxer and expert on the Imperial Valley boxing scene, described what the win means to the community on KPBS Midday Edition.

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