Andy Ruiz Jr. Reveals His Biggest Secret to Losing Over 30 Pounds

Published 05/01/2021, 10:01 PM 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 of the world, Andy Ruiz Jr., will return from his 18-month long hiatus from the sport against Chris Arreola. The pair are moments away from trading blows as the main event on a stacked PBC card.

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While the event has several other rising fighters on the show, the focus has been entirely on ‘The Destroyer’ and his incredible weight loss journey. And the first Mexican-American champion of the world has given fans the secret to his weight loss.

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 28-2 boxer spoke to Fight Hub TV on YouTube after the weigh-in and said, “I’m working hard and doing the things that you have to do and, you know, we got to sacrifice and not eat in the night time. So that was my main thing. If you want to lose weight, don’t eat in the night time. Because that’s what helped me.”

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This showed how one aspect of the heavyweight’s lifestyle changed his life. This is not the first time ‘The Destroyer’ has spoken about his weight loss. The former champion even claimed the lesser weight means he can now move like Mike Tyson.

READ MORE: Andy Ruiz Jr. Looked Shredded at the Weigh-Ins: How Will It Affect Him in the Fight?

How much weight did Andy Ruiz Jr. lose?

While the former champion claimed this was the secret, fans also know how hard he worked in the gym. Ruiz Jr. teamed up with Eddy Reynoso and trained diligently until he was back in his best shape. So how much weight did he really lose?

The former champion weighed in at 283 lbs for his rematch against Anthony Joshua back in 2019. Ruiz Jr. has since confirmed that after his defeat he ballooned up to 305 lbs. However, he weighed in at an incredible 256 lbs for the fight against Arreola.

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Therefore, Ruiz Jr. has lost around 50 lbs in a year. That is an insane amount of weight considering the former champion’s habits. Hence, it is no surprise that his main advice for weight loss is to curb one’s eating habits.

What do you make of this advice from Andy Ruiz Jr.? Do you think his transformation will take him back to the top?

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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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