VIDEO: Canelo Alvarez Gives Uppercut Advice to Andy Ruiz Jr. Ahead of Chris Arreola Bout

Published 04/17/2021, 7:45 AM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr. with a cut above his left eye 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 heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. seems to have added a lot more tactics into his boxing arsenal and is ready to resurrect his position in the roster by returning against Chris Arreola on May 1. After losing his titles to Anthony Joshua in an epic rematch in 2019, the Mexican heavyweight has made a lot of changes in his camp.

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He has parted ways with his former trainer and currently resides at Team Canelo, with Eddy Reynoso as the chief instructor. Meanwhile, he has been fortunate to have shared the gym with several other champions in Oscar Valdez, Ryan Garcia, and Canelo Alvarez.

Prior to his return, ‘The Destroyer’ was spotted training with Alvarez several times. Recently, the P4P king advised Andy Ruiz Jr. on landing the uppercuts. The video took the whole combat community by storm.

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While Ruiz Jr. was in the middle of a sparring session, Eddy Reynoso and Canelo Alvarez were ringside. In between, Alvarez showed ‘The Destroyer’ how to perfect the move, and honed the heavyweight’s technique even more.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. has transformed himself vastly over the course of 2020. Starting from weight loss to footwork, there are some noticeable changes in the Mexican heavyweight’s action, and it might trouble Chris Arreola on May 1.

That said, Canelo Alvarez might need some more appraisal for putting in the effort. Several clips have taken a toll on social media, showcasing Alvarez as the guide for Ruiz Jr. Not only the brutal uppercuts, but Canelo Alvarez also revealed some of his defensive tactics to the fellow Mexican fighter.

Well, it’s not all action in there. A few days back, Canelo Alvarez was spotted having a light moment with Ruiz Jr’s son. Andy Ruiz Jr’s son appeared to dance with boxing gloves on at the gym, and Alvarez, who was inside the ring, didn’t hesitate in breaking into a jig as well.

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Both the Mexican elites have their respective fights approaching. Akin to Ruiz Jr, Alvarez will also return in May and face WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in a 168 lbs title unification clash. So, it’s safe to state that both Ruiz Jr. and Alvarez have been assisting each other to evolve at the gym.

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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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