Andy Ruiz Jr. Explains How He Got in Touch With Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso

Published 03/13/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. created history and became the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion by defeating an unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June 2019. However, he lost the titles in an immediate re-match six months later, and that’s when he shifted his stable to shake hands with Eddy Reynoso, and P4P king Canelo Alvarez.

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Since losing against Joshua, Ruiz Jr. hasn’t faced anybody. However, he is eyeing a return and under a new training chief in Eddy Reynoso, the Mexican heavyweight has undergone some serious changes. Starting from the weight loss to new drills, it has been a unique camp for Ruiz Jr.

That said, ‘The Destroyer’ has recently connected with Little Giant Boxing from the gym to reveal how he met Eddy Reynoso and Canelo Alvarez.

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The former heavyweight champion said, “I even messaged them and told them after I lost against Anthony Joshua. I told them that I wanted to make a difference, and I wanted to make a change. So, I told him (Canelo), if he could bring me, where he is at. So, I am under his wing, you know.”

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Andy Ruiz Jr and a stable of gold

Meanwhile, Andy Ruiz Jr. is training alongside several other world champions. Eddy Reynoso has some of the best fighters in his yard, and Ruiz Jr. is just a stellar addition to the corner. Oscar Valdez, Ryan Garcia, and several prodigies work together with Ruiz Jr. and that’s clearly an advantage for ‘Destroyer’.

Speaking of the experience, ‘The Destroyer’ said, “So, me and him (Canelo Alvarez), we are all working together. And like I said, being around a lot of different champions, it’s a different mentality. So, I am just excited and I am excited man to give the fans what they been wanting. You know, I have never been in a hundred percent until now, So I can’t wait.”

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He is rumored to return against former teammate Chris Arreola soon. But Ruiz Jr. has also expressed his desire in facing former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, and current champion Tyson Fury. While ‘Gypsy King’ is already scheduled to meet Anthony Joshua ahead, Ruiz Jr. might have to settle for a non-title fight.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. can be a heavyweight world champion again?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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