Andy Ruiz Jr. Reveals the Biggest Life Lesson He Learned After Anthony Joshua Defeat

Published 02/19/2021, 10:30 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. became the first Mexican to boast of the heavyweight titles as he vanquished Anthony Joshua via TKO in their first battle. However, he lost the titles in the rematch and has been inactive since then.

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Following the defeat, Ruiz Jr. claimed to have learned a lot and doesn’t intend to repeat the same mistakes ahead. Although he is not eligible to demand a title shot at this point, he can rightfully do so in the future. That said, Ruiz Jr. has opened up on all his learnings from that loss.

In interaction with Fighter’s voice, ‘The Destroyer’ labeled a few parameters that he would always follow on his boxing journey.

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“Not taking anything for granted you know and working hard when you have something, try so hard not to let it go and just never stop believing in yourself. But yeah, when you have something to hold on to it as long as you can and I feel that’s what I did wrong,” said Andy Ruiz Jr.

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Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr. has changed his training camp and is currently at Eddy Reynoso’s stable alongside several other champions in Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia, and Oscar Valdez. Apart from his boxing regime, the Mexican heavyweight is also looking after his physical get-up and has shed some valuable pounds. So, we can expect a new Andy Ruiz Jr. on return, especially when he seems hungrier than ever before.

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What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr.?

According to several reports, Ruiz Jr. can return soon against former teammate Chris Arreola in a high-voltage heavyweight clash. It’s still not official. But, ‘The Destroyer’ already appears sharp in his ongoing training sessions.

A few of his training clips have already taken a toll on social media, and Ruiz Jr. seems to have worked on his power-packed left hooks. He already had the skills and power, and with some additional weapons, he can turn even deadlier for his opponents.

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While fans continue to enquire about his return date, Ruiz Jr. is doing every possible thing to stage an alluring victory. That means he will imbibe these lessons into his mindset ahead of unleashing Andy Ruiz 2.0 into the boxing world.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr will become a heavyweight 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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