Why Andy Ruiz Jr Will Be a Champion Again

Published 12/22/2020, 3:30 AM EST
SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 8, 2019: American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr struggles in his bout against British rival Anthony Joshua to defend the IBO, WBA Super, IBF and WBO World Heavy Titles at Diriyah Arena outside Riyadh. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Andy Ruiz Jr. has been sweating a lot in the gym to make a solid comeback to the boxing ring. He stupefied the combat sports universe as he defeated Anthony Joshua back in 2019.

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With that win, the ‘Destroyer’ made a huge statement in heavyweight boxing. But, in a subsequent rematch later that year, Ruiz ended up on the losing side.

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The ‘Destroyer’ looks extremely keen on reclaiming his heavyweight world titles and wants a trilogy fight against Anthony Joshua.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Andy Ruiz Jr punches Anthony Joshua during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ruiz has a different fight style altogether. While most of the heavyweights look to maintain distance and land bombs, Ruiz closes the distance and then likes to strike his opponents.

His shell guard defense is not easily breakable, which was clearly evident in his first matchup with Anthony Joshua. Although he possesses a portly physique in the division of big men, he has one of the best granite chins too.

He absorbed the power coming off mighty Anthony Joshua’s right hands and remained conscious throughout the rematch.

The ‘Destroyer’ separated from his former trainer and joined forces with Eddy Reynoso. This is the man behind the P4P king of boxing, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

Ruiz is keeping his social media game strong. He frequently updates fans on his grilling workouts.

Will Andy Ruiz Jr., resurrect himself in 2021?

Ruiz hasn’t fought in 2020. With his current training regime and state of mind, it’s unquestionable that Andy Ruiz Jr. will be back better than ever. No matter who he gets next in line, he has his eyes set on the end goal, i.e. a trilogy against ‘AJ.

But, Ruiz’s hunger to take on Joshua won’t be fulfilled so easily. Joshua beat Pulev in his last fight and will fight in an undisputed title fight against Tyson Fury to unify the heavyweight titles.

To make his 2021 worthy of his hard work, Ruiz Jr should take on anyone next in line, stay active, and prove his worth until Joshua finally squares off against Fury. It will be intriguing to watch the ‘Destroyer’s style and approach from hereon as he’s brought significant changes to his training camp.

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He looks fresh and ready to go for the new year already.

Who would you like to see him go up against? Can Ruiz Jr regain his heavyweight golds in 2021?

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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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