Today is Andy Ruiz Jr. Day.

The city of Imperial, normally a shimmering blip on the road between El Centro and the wild blue yonder, is set to become the county’s focal point (at least temporarily) as revelers of all descriptions converge on the town for the long-prophesied parade in honor of the Valley’s new favorite heavyweight champion of the world.

Sports Editor Aaron Bodus can be reached at or 760-337-3434.

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