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From losing 40 lbs to battling depression, Andy Ruiz Jr aims to etch a stunning comeback

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Ever since losing his unified titles to Anthony Joshua back in December 2019, Andy Ruiz Jr’s entry into hiatus was dejecting.

The former WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion of the world, was already appearing to be not up to the mark in his rematch with Joshua at the Diriyah Arena and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

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Between his first Joshua fight and the rematch, the Mexican had gained a whopping 15 lbs within a span of just six months and ever since his break away from the squared circle, gained more and more weight and also went into depression.

However in his latest social media posts, Ruiz has shown an incredible weight loss transformation, and not just physical, the “Destroyer” is also tacking himself from his mental troubles.

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Andy Ruiz Jr promises “the real and new” version of himself on his return

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Andy Ruiz Jr failed to repeat his performance in the Anthony Joshua rematch in December 2019. (Image Courtesy: Getty)

All set to make his comeback against Chris Arreola on 1st May, Ruiz revealed exactly how he brought himself back from the pain he endured after the disappointing loss in the Joshua rematch.

Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Andy Ruiz Jr lamented that he needed to perform better in his last fight, but is confident to not make that mistake again as he is set to don the sparring gloves once again at California a month from now.

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“I must have lost 40 pounds. After my fight against Anthony Joshua and my defeat in Saudi Arabia, I gained to like 310 pounds. I was depressed. I was mad at myself because I knew I should have trained,” Ruiz said in the video.

“I knew I should have done better in my last fight. But you know what, it’s never too late. Now is the time. Now is the beginning to see the real and new Andy Ruiz Jr.,” the 31-year-old added.

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Coming off of as a former WBO Inter-Continental and WBC-NABF heavyweight champion, Ruiz had knocked out Joshua in the 7th round in their first faceoff in June 2019, which is still considered to be one of the greatest underdog victories in the history of boxing.

However, Ruiz could not hold the staggering performance in the rematch as Joshua retook all of his belts from the Mexican. But as Ruiz words it, now it is his chance to get all of those titles back around his waist once again.

All of this hard work and dedication is going to pay off, man. Everyone is going to see the difference. Everyone is going to see the hard work,” Ruiz acknowledged, “I’m ready for my next fight. I’ve been ready and excited. I’m ready to prove everybody wrong. That’s what it’s all about.” 

Check out the full clip below:

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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