(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Andy Ruiz Jr believes he’s made an incredible transformation in his skills and talent since replacing his former trainer Manny Robles in favor of Eddy Reynoso, and he can’t wait to show the fans his improvements against Chris Arreola on May 1st.
Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs) is making his first step towards regaining his lost IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles when he faces Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs) in the main event on FOX Sports PBC pay-per-view at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California.
Ruiz has lost close to 70 lbs, losing most of it on his own working out before he began his training camp with Reynoso. Last week, the 31-year-old Ruiz reported that he planned on weighing 255 lbs for the fight against the 40-year-old Arreola.
Ruiz says he’s learned many different things since starting his first training camp with Reynoso, and he believes they’re going to help him.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a young enough or talented enough opponent to show the boxing world whether Ruiz has truly improved or if this is just wishful thinking on his part.
It is positive that Ruiz has dropped his weight down to 255 lbs, as he was much too heavy in his last fight against Anthony Joshua in December 2019. Ruiz weighed 283 lbs for that fight, and he was too fat to chase Joshua around the ring.
Chris’s inactivity likely helped him get the fight because the last thing Ruiz’s management wants is to put him in with an active heavyweight that is sharp.
Ruiz has been enjoying the millions that he made from his two fights with Anthony Joshua, and he’d let himself go until recently. It took Ruiz two years to get back in the ring after his loss to Joshua in December 2019.
“I’ve learned different abilities that I can do during this training camp,” said Ruiz. “I can throw different punches and combinations fighting at this weight. I was always a fighter who could come forward, but now I can switch it up. I can’t wait to show it on May 1.”