rolled out the red carpet as WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jnr gave his first press conference in the country since beating Anthony Joshua
in New York.
The unfancied Ruiz Jnr produced a seventh round stoppage of the formidable Briton on June 1 to leave those inside Madison Square Garden stunned.
Ruiz's victory saw him become Mexico's first ever heavyweight champion and he received a heroes welcome as he returned to his home country.
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— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 12, 2019
Overnight Ruiz became a superstar and has done a host of talk show appearances and interviews since inflicting Joshua's first professional defeat.
But he made his first trip back to his home country of Mexico and was met by swarms of fans as he strolled down the red carpet.
Ruiz sported a beaming grin and was cheered as he thrived in the party atmosphere that had been created by his presence.
On Tuesday, the 29-year-old was guest of honour to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at the Palacio Nacional.
Obrador invited Ruiz and commemorated him on his achievement before presenting the heavyweight with a pair of golden gloves and a 500 Mexican Peso bill.
Ruiz was accompanied by his trainer Manny Robles, father and the WBA president Gilberto Mendoza for the special occasion.
He later posed for pictures alongside Obrador - who has been serving since last year as the 58th president of Mexico - with his WBA world title.
Joshua will get the chance later this year to right the wrongs of the New York bout with a rematch scheduled for November or December.