Andy Ruiz Jr. Current Weight Revealed: How Many Pounds Did ‘The Destroyer’ Lose?

Published 04/19/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Andy Ruiz Jr of California during the second round of the World Heavyweight Championship fight on June 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. will finally return to the ring after over 18-months out from the sport. ‘The Destroyer’ will face Chris Arreola on May 1 and goes into the bout as a transformed fighter. And Ruiz Jr. has now given an update on his physique.

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Ruiz Jr.’s last bout was the rematch against Anthony Joshua. The hard-hitting heavyweight drew a lot of criticism for coming in overweight, and ultimately that caused his downfall as he lost all his belts. Since then, he has embarked on an incredible weight-loss journey.

Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

The 33-2 boxer spoke to Behind The Gloves on YouTube and revealed his current weight going into the Arreola bout. ‘The Destroyer’ said, “Right now, I’m like 257 for sure. I ate some tacos yesterday so, I’m okay. But you know, we’ve still got two more weeks so, my weight goal is to be at 255 for the Arreola fight on May 1.”

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This comment from Ruiz Jr. showed the incredible change in his preparation. It has been largely down to the fact that Ruiz Jr. has teamed up with Canelo Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso. As a result, the former champion is now in the best shape of his life.

READ: Everything You Need to Know About Canelo Alvarez’s Trainer – Eddy Reynoso

How much weight has Andy Ruiz Jr. lost?

With his comment, Ruiz Jr. revealed that he is nearly at his weight goal for the fight. Although he has two weeks to get into the optimum shape, his current weight is already a massive cut down from his last fight.

Ruiz Jr. went into the rematch against Anthony Joshua at 283 lbs. This was the most he has ever weighed. However, these comments revealed that the former champ lost 26 lbs. What’s more impressive is that not only did he lose weight, but he has gained an impressive amount of muscle as well.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Ruiz Jr. also revealed the effects of his weight loss on his performance. He said, “I think the head movement, the different ability that I can do now, you know. So it’s different from carrying extra 30 pounds, 35 pounds.”

Based on his comments, it appears the boxing world will see a new Andy Ruiz Jr. in terms of physical appearance, as well as his game-plan.

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What do you make of these comments from Andy Ruiz Jr.? Do you think the weight loss will help the former champion?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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