Andy Ruiz Jr. Explains How His Weight Loss Made Him More Like Mike Tyson

Published 04/25/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. 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)


Former unified heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., has embarked on an incredible body transformation. ‘The Destroyer’ has promised a new look Andy Ruiz Jr. when returns against Chris Arreola. 

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The hard-hitting heavyweight will take on ‘The Nightmare’ as the main event of a PPV card next weekend. All the talk surrounding this fight has been about Ruiz Jr.’s transformation. And such has been the transformation he has now claimed he feels like ‘Iron Mike’.

Mike Tyson in London to see Frank Bruno against James ‘Quick ‘ Tillis, (Picture) Mike Tyson sparring, 25th March 1987. (Photo by Brendan Monks/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

The 33-2 boxer spoke to Fight Hub TV on YouTube ahead of the fight and said, “I have the ability that I never thought I had, you know. I can bob and weave, I could duck more, you know. I could slip the punches. The speed I always had, you know.”

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‘The Destroyer added, “It adds a lot, you know. I feel like, sometimes I move like Mike Tyson, you know.” 

These comments from Ruiz Jr. showed how happy he is with the transformation. Moreover, it also hinted at a change of strategy in the fight.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. explains how he became like Mike Tyson

Ruiz Jr’s statement showed that he can now be more attacking as he can be slick in the clinch. This will help him close the distance against taller fighters who have a longer reach. So how did he develop this skill?

‘The Destroyer’ explained, “I had to get my legs strong for me to move like that. And I never knew I could box around, I could slip the punches.” The monstrous quadriceps muscles that Ruiz Jr. has flaunted in recent weeks backed this comment.

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

Moreover, the change in Ruiz Jr.’s game plan will also be thanks to the influence of Canelo Alvarez in his camp. The two have trained together for over six months, and it appears that the former heavyweight champion has picked up a thing or two from the P4P star.

What do you make of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s comments? Do you think we will see him move like Mike Tyson in the ring?

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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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