Tyson Fury Believes Andy Ruiz Jr. Was Too Skinny in His Last Fight: ‘He Needs to Put 10 Lbs Back On’

Published 05/08/2021, 8:55 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury reacts after fighting to a draw with Deontay Wilder during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. went into a serious transformation for the past few months to prepare for his heavyweight return. He got lined up with the stout Chris Arreola for his comeback fight, and many expected him to claim an easy win here.

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Despite securing a win, a new Andy Ruiz Jr. couldn’t really impress the boxing pundits with his performance that night. Many felt, ‘Destroyer’ lost his sublime knockout power with his transformation. Recently, the WBC heavyweight champ, Tyson Fury, shared a piece of advice for Ruiz Jr.

Speaking to FightHype.com, he said, “Ruiz is too skinny. He needs to put 10 pounds back on. Stop worrying about all the people who think of a fat belly. He gives a f**k, I’m fat too. Get a bit weight back on you and you fight better. Going down too skinny, looking for muscle and all that.”

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“This is heavyweight boxing, it’s not a bodybuilding contest. If you’re a Pitbull, you’re a Pitbull. It doesn’t matter how you look. It’s about winning.”

‘Destroyer’ came back into the sport after a substantial gap. His last fight was against the unified heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua. In that bout, the Mexican-American went the distance and surrendered his belts.

Hence, he decided to transform himself, but ‘The Nightmare’ gave him a sturdy test. Considering his performance in the last fight, Ruiz Jr. still has room for improvement. Hence, he will only look to get better in his next fight.

Should Andy Ruiz Jr. listen to the words of Tyson Fury?

Tyson Fury, the undefeated stalwart in the sport, has a great knack for reading fighters and his fellow opponents. That said, he’d only want Ruiz Jr. to unleash his true self in the ring. Therefore, he came up with his own points on how Andy Ruiz Jr. can improve.

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It remains to be seen if ‘Destroyer’ would pay heed to ‘The Gypsy King’ and put on the pounds after spending so much time in shedding them.

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What do you make of Fury’s comments? Will Andy Ruiz Jr step on the scales a tad heavier for his next fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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