(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Andy Ruiz Jr wants to follow Canelo Alvarez’s footsteps to become a bigger version of him when he takes on Chris Arreola in his comeback fight on May 1st on Fox Sports PBC pay-per-view.
There will be many eyes on the former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) from the boxing world in his fight against Arreola (38-6, 33 KOs) because they want to see if he’s improved. Ruiz, 31, has lost approximately 60 lbs from the 313 lbs that he ballooned up to following his embarrassing loss to Anthony Joshua in December 2019.
Although Ruiz Jr took the blame for the loss, he still cut his trainer Manny Robles loose and signed up with Canelo’s coach Eddy Reynoso. Ruiz has lost a lot of weight, and he looks better, but we don’t know that the loss of pounds will translate to a better performance inside the ring. Some heavyweights perform better when they’re carrying more weight.
“My whole life, everybody has judged me for the way I looked, but I didn’t give up, and I think that’s what’s taken me this far,” said Andy Ruiz Jr on PBC FOX. “Becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world, it was amazing.
“This fight is important because now I’m focused, and I’m going to do things right. I learned my lesson in my defeat, and I promise you that when I become a two-time Mexican heavyweight champion, I’m not going to take it for granted.
“I want to become a heavyweight Canelo, someone that is disciplined, someone that is focused and wants to conquer and do a legacy in boxing,” said Ruiz Jr