WATCH: Andy Ruiz Jr. Avoids Severe Injury While Training for the Chris Arreola Bout

Published 04/27/2021, 9:00 PM EDT
Andy Ruiz Jr at the Public Investment Fund office complex in Riyadh. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. is ready to make a statement to the world yet again. The heard-hitting fighter will return to the ring this weekend against Chris Arreola in a must-win fight. But ‘The Destroyer’ could have injured himself before he even entered the ring.

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Ruiz goes into the fight on the back of an incredible body transformation. The former champion has lost almost 30 lbs going into this bout, and looks much leaner and stronger. However, this could have cost him dearly, given the training Ruiz Jr. took up.

Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Recent training footage of the 28-2 boxer showed Ruiz Jr. taking part in a strength workout circuit. After doing a set of landmine press, Ruiz Jr. moved onto a unique exercise where he had to throw a medicine ball at a wall and then do a burpee.

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However, the video showed the ball missing Ruiz Jr.’s face by inches on multiple occasions. Despite this, everyone around ‘The Destroyer’ seemed relaxed, and thus, it appeared as though this was all calculated.

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What can fans expect from Andy Ruiz Jr. on his return?

The video showed just a snippet of the rigorous training Ruiz Jr. has undertaken for this fight. Moreover, he has provided regular updates about his physique and revealed he is still not at his ideal weight. So what can viewers expect on May 1?

In this video, the former champion showed his incredible power. It appears the strength training has worked wonders, as it is difficult for a medicine ball to bounce back off a padded wall that much. It is a testament to the force with which Ruiz Jr. threw it.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 01: Anthony Joshua(white trunks) and Andy Ruiz Jr fight during their IBF/WBA/WBO World heavyweight championship match at Madison Square Garden on June 1st, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Moreover, the Mexican-American fighter has claimed he now moves like a young Mike Tyson, thanks to the lesser weight. Therefore, we could see a different game plan from Ruiz Jr. altogether. However, it will be interesting to see how all this training translates to the ring?

What do you make of this video of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s training? Do you think his transformation will increase his chances of becoming a world champion again?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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