Andy Ruiz Jr: Is the Weight Loss Real or Clever Camera Angles?

Published 03/04/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr. 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)


Andy Ruiz Jr., the former heavyweight champion, has honed himself with some additional skills in his new stable and seems ready to enter the ring. Following his title loss to Anthony Joshua in a rematch, the Mexican hasn’t fought yet.

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However, his comeback can be alluring, especially after he has had to shed some serious weight. Fans labeled Ruiz Jr. to be overweight, but we might see him in a new avatar, considering his recent physical get-up.

Meanwhile, it still raises some questions on how much weight ‘The Destroyer’ has lost. A picture of Ruiz Jr. clicking a selfie has made rounds over the internet. He looks extremely shredded with no body-fat on the belly. Hence, there’s no denying that he has undergone a major transformation.

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However, it can be deceptive due to the bird’s-eye angle. ESPN Ringside has posted a couple of his pictures and has contrasted them. While a bare body Ruiz Jr. looks very different, another picture sites very minimal changes in his outlook. Thus, it’s safe to say that the camera angle might have played a minor role in framing Ruiz Jr’s new physique in the eyes of fans.

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That said, there has been some serious effort put in Ruiz Jr’s training and at Team Canelo, the Mexican has been around several top-rated boxers. Apart from boxing drills, there has been a complete overhaul which can work wonders on the former heavyweight champion’s game plan.

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Being alongside Oscar Valdez, Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia, and many more, Ruiz Jr. has regained his championship mindset. He seems hungrier than ever and plans to put together another successful run.

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According to reports, he will return against former teammate Chris Arreola to resurrect his position in the ongoing heavyweight division. While he is still far from another championship shot, a win against Arreola can bring him closer to the title talks.

So, it would be an interesting comeback for ‘The Destroyer’ and he can rightfully determine the future of the division by placing himself in the current tale. Moreover, all doubts about his physique being real or a trick of the camera will vanish when he steps into the ring.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. can become the heavyweight world champion once 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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