Andy Ruiz Jr looking fast & strong, melting the pounds off
By Aragon Garcia: Former IBF, WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is looking dedicated to his new training video from home. He posted a video of him working out in his beautiful backyard by his pool and with his coach Capetillo.
In the video posted by Ruiz in the gym, he was using a lot of bob-and-weaving to improve his head movement. It didn’t look good with Ruiz using that style, and it might not work for him in a fight.
Ruiz might be better off coming in low with his lightning-fast attacks like he used in his first contest with Anthony Joshua in June of last year. If Ruiz attacks his opponents like that, he’ll have a better shot at getting to them fast to land his power shots.
Ruiz better off with old attacking style
The way Ruiz looked with his new style of moving his head and body, he seems robotic, which has little chance of working against Joshua in a trilogy match.
Ruiz Jr (33-2, 22 KOs) wants to make it up to himself and fans by putting in the training hours for his comeback that he should have put in for his last fight against Anthony Joshua. Andy Jr lost his three heavyweight titles to AJ in December of last year because he didn’t train hard enough with former coach Manny Robles.
Ruiz Jr intends to be in excellent shape when he starts training with his new cornerman Eddy Reynoso, who is a real serious person. Reynoso won’t put up with Ruiz Jr skipping training sessions, and coming into his important fights an overweight 283-lbs. Anthony Joshua didn’t beat Ruiz. He beat himself by not training the way he needed to and coming into their rematch in an obsessed state.
Ruiz wants another crack at Joshua
With Ruiz’s popularity and good name, he should have no problems getting an essential fight against Dillian ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte and Deontay Wilder to earn himself a title shot.
Ruiz says he wants to shut the mouth of Whyte because he wants to pay him back for all the mouthing off that he’s done since his loss to Joshua. If Ruiz picks the right opponents to come back, he may only need two fights before he gets a shot at the holder of the IBF/WBA/WBO titles.
Right now, Joshua holds the titles, but he may not have them for long. He’s expected to face Tyson Fury in 2021, and we could see a changing of the guard with those two.
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Ruiz needs to dissect his fighting style, and fix the wholes in his game. You’ve got to believe that every opponent that Ruiz faces for the remainder of his career will be studying tape of his loss to Joshua. They’ll be using that as a template to beat him.
What we’ll see from Ruiz’s opponents from this point on are these things:
- Staying on the outside to keep him from getting in close
- Using the jab
The money caused Ruiz to lose the edge
You can’t fault Ruiz Jr for falling apart and losing his edge after his big windfall of money after the first Joshua bout. Most fighters would lose their drive to work hard if they made $10 million and found themselves wealthy enough to retire.
There are many examples in the past of fighters hitting it big in getting a couple of big paydays, and they stop working hard. It’s not just in boxing. You see it in other sports as well, but it’s noticeable in boxing due to this being a contact sport.
Only time will tell whether Ruiz can come back from his loss to Joshua, but if not, it won’t be surprising. Making the kind of money that Ruiz has made in boxing, he doesn’t need to torture himself by denying himself the fatty foods that his body craves.
Joshua is a particular type of person, who hasn’t let the money that he’s made get to him. The reason for that is Joshua loves boxing, and he sees it as fun to compete. Moreover, Joshua doesn’t mind putting in the hard work and denying himself the cookies, candy, and other junk food that overweight people enjoy eating.
Ruiz’s loss to Joshua was his first actual career defeat. His previous defeat against Joseph Parker in 2016 was a controversial one in a fight that took place in Parker’s home country of New Zealand. That’s not to say that Parker didn’t have success against Ruiz in that fight.
Parker used a lot of movement, and he was the one that created the blueprint to give Ruiz problems. But Ruiz wasn’t grotesquely overweight for the Parker fight, and he was able to get to him and nail him with combinations all night long.
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