‘He Has Hunger Again’ – Trainer Reveals Andy Ruiz Jr.’s State of Mind

Published 02/08/2021, 9:51 AM EST
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)


Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world when he took out Anthony Joshua via KO for the unified heavyweight straps in their first encounter in 2019. However, he lost the titles in the rematch and went silent for more than a year.

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Following the setback to ‘AJ’ at Saudi, several analysts billed his win over Joshua as a lucky shot and didn’t credit ‘Destroyer’ for his achievements. However, his trainer, Jorge Capetillo, has reflected on Ruiz Jr’s current state of mind, billing him “hungry” ahead of a big return.

Capetillo appeared optimistic about Ruiz Jr’s upcoming journey and demanded more to see from ‘Destroyer’, after a long layoff from professional boxing.

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In a chat with Sky Sports, the trainer said, “This is what life is about. We make mistakes, we fall down, but we have to get up and move forwards. A fighter never loses because they get knocked down. They lose because they don’t get up. I want Andy to prove to himself that it was not a lucky shot.”

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He added, “Andy is a kid. He got distracted. Now I can see he is more calm with his family. He is getting back on track, especially mentally. He has hunger again. He has tasted what it means to be a world champion. I can see he wants more.”

Fans will hope that Capetillo’s analysis is true as a fully focused Ruiz Jr will be wondrous for the heavyweight division.

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What’s next for Andy Ruiz Jr.?

‘The Destroyer’ hasn’t announced his upcoming date or opponent yet. But, he has been through some serious transitions. According to his trainer, Andy Ruiz Jr. has shredded 25 lbs and has a perfect heavyweight physique at this stage.

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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)

Residing under Team Canelo, Ruiz Jr. is surrounded by world-class elites. While he is also one of them, the Mexican seems ready for another successful run. He won’t have to struggle to find a relevant opponent in a stacked heavyweight roster. If Ruiz Jr. registers a win on the comeback, he can demand another title shot.

Do you think Andy Ruiz Jr. can become the 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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