‘I Had Ti**’- Andy Ruiz Jr. Opens up on Weight Loss and Defeat Against Anthony Joshua

Published 03/31/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
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)


Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. has restructured his physique ahead of a massive return against Chris Arreola on May 1. Hailing under Team Canelo, Ruiz Jr. is no longer the bulky prodigy. Instead, he has lost some serious pounds and appears in a proper fighting shape.

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That said, all the changes began after his loss to Anthony Joshua in 2019. After landing a historic upset in the first fight, Ruiz Jr. fell prey to Joshuas combinations in the rematch and had to bid goodbye to his championship status.

However, he has picked up the flaws from the game and opened up on the problems that refrained him from winning the second fight. Michael Benson revealed Ruiz Jr’s opinion on his current conditioning via Twitter.

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“I feel amazing. I can do better stuff that I couldn’t do before because of my big gut. I had ti** that wouldn’t let me throw the right punches,” said ‘The Destroyer’.

Andy Ruiz Jr. hasn’t appeared in-ring since 2019. So, he will have to rust off an over year’s inactivity. Nevertheless, it appears that Ruiz Jr. has had a valuable time in his new camp. He has trained alongside several world champions in Canelo Alvarez, Ryan Garcia, and Oscar Valdez. Moreover, Eddy Reynoso’s guidance can be an additional armor in Ruiz Jr’s arsenal.

Apart from weight loss, Ruiz Jr. has also replicated some significant moves and with all the new learnings, the heavyweight elite can become even treacherous on his return. Additionally, Ruiz Jr and Chris Arreola are former training partners.

Both men will be aware of each other’s prowess. If Ruiz Jr. can use it to his advantage, the ex-champion will be back once again in the title ride.

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Chris Arreola Preview

The heavyweight battle will bring two prime Mexican elites to collide with each other. On Mayday, Dignity Health Sports Park will host the matchup. The full fight card is yet to be revealed. Meanwhile, the headliner is already set.

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Akin to Ruiz Jr., Arreola will also enter the ring after over a year. The former title contender holds a record of 38 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, and 33 KOs under his name. While he will try to resurrect himself in the ongoing title ride, he will have to surpass after champion and a teammate.

Do you think Chris Arreola can defeat Andy Ruiz Jr.?

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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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