When Andy Ruiz Jr. felled Anthony Joshua for the unified world heavyweight title on June 1 in Madison Square Garden, the ground around here shook a little. For many residents, it served as tangible proof that shooting for the stars wasn’t just for those living in the land of make-believe. It can happen here.

Among the locals most touched by Ruiz’s win were those training with, or assisting at, one of the Valley’s boxing academies — most of whom were there to support the champ by walking in his hometown victory parade on June 21.

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at abodus@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3434.

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