WATCH: Andy Ruiz Jr. Returns to Gym After Knee Surgery – Looks Too Thin

Published 09/05/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 6, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr during a weigh-in ceremony on the eve of his bout against British boxer Anthony Joshua. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Last month, the former heavyweight champion of the world, Andy Ruiz Jr., went for right knee surgery. Prior to getting his right knee operated on, Ruiz Jr. struggled for years. Now, as he has recovered from the same, he is back in the gym, finding his old momentum.

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Recently, ESNEWS shared a video on its YouTube channel, wherein Ruiz Jr. was seen working extensively on his overall physique. Earlier, the Mexican-American boxer had a gigantic frame, but he underwent a serious transformation over the past couple of years to lose a significant amount of weight.

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In the above video, the ‘Destroyer’ can be seen taking up activities which he wasn’t able to do with his colossal frame. Also, the secret sauce to his transformation is the intense workouts he took up in the past few years. Alongside his diet, he focused tremendously on losing those calories through which he attained a solid physique.

However, with that, Ruiz Jr. lost the crucifying punching power that helped him pull off an upset against Anthony Joshua in 2019.

In his last fight, ‘Destroyer’ met the fellow veteran, Chris Arreola. Fans expected this fight to end in a flash as they felt a transformed Ruiz Jr. would batter Arreola. But the actual fight shook everyone as Ruiz Jr. went on the canvas in the second round itself.

He still continued to fight after that vicious knockdown and won the fight with a unanimous decision. Despite that, the former champ failed to allure his supporters.

Should Andy Ruiz Jr. gain back some weight?

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A few days after his fight with Arreola, the WBC heavyweight champ, Tyson Fury, weighed in on Ruiz Jr.’s performance. He even asserted that the former needs add 10 lbs.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Andy Ruiz Jr of California during the second round of the World Heavyweight Championship fight on June 1, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Just like Fury, boxing pundits and fans shared the same notion, opining that the ‘Destroyer’ should gain some weight in order to have that knockout ability.

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Now, as there’s no fight lined up for the 31-year-old, he has ample time to shape up his physique in the best possible manner. Hence, it’ll be interesting to see if he gains some weight or remains in his minutely chiseled frame now.

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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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