Joey started boxing in the backyard with his father, Nacho Ruelas, at the age of 8. His love for the sport was quickly recognized by his father, who was a professional boxer as well. Joey is a 3rd generation professional boxer, starting with his grandfather in Mexico.
All through Joey’s youth he developed his skills as a fighter and at the age of 13 won a gold medal in the Junior Olympics. From that point on Joey won every divisional championship he entered in all weight classes from 65 lbs all the way to 147lbs. Joey proved to be a diverse boxer who was quickly able to adjust his style to meet the demands from the opponent.
In 2000, Joey went to the Olympic Trials in Colorado and made it to the finals, unfortunately he did not win that fight, however he did win a silver medal.
Joey’s amateur career consisted of 137 wins and 13 losses. An amazing feat for an 18 year old from Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2000 after Joey came back from Colorado he turned pro. He has had 13 professional matches resulting in a 10-2-1 record.
Currently, Joey is continuing to train hard and prepare himself for his upcoming bouts and has begun training the young phoenix amateurs to prepare them for a future in professional boxing.
Team Ruelas is proud of their boxing heritage and hopes to continue the family legacy into the next generation.