Images emerge of Anthony Joshua’s former foe Andy Ruiz Jr with a new slimmed down physique ahead of his upcoming fight against Luis Ortiz

Andy Ruiz Jr’s weight is known to fluctuate and usually in the wrong direction, but it looks like the Mexican has now turned a corner.

When Ruiz Jr replaced Jarrell Miller as the chosen opponent for Anthony Joshua’s unveiling to the American public, no one gave him a chance largely because of his chubby physique.

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Ruiz Jr did not have the physique expected of a professional boxer

To everyone’s shock, Ruiz Jr dominated his British counterpart, knocking Joshua down four times on his way to a seventh round stoppage victory.

This prompted Tyson Fury, the current WBC heavyweight world champion, to claim that Ruiz Jr had essentially disproved the science of the sport.

“Andy Ruiz is a prime example.” Fury said during his appearance on the True Geordie podcast: ‘He’s a little big pig, he came in on three weeks notice, murdered all the donuts and tacos in all of California, then goes at it against a man who followed a 12-week training course. camp with all the sports scientists in the UK.

“[Joshua’s] broke every heart monitor in sight, he did every cross-fit machine, he did everything right, had the best nutrition and diet possible, but the little fat guy knocks him down in seven rounds.

“How can scientists look at me and say that’s how you do it?” They can’t, it’s a one-on-one fight and anything can happen.

For the rematch, Ruiz Jr took on an extra 15lbs and this time it was a step too far as the extra weight left the Mexican unable to pin Joshua and the Briton fought his way to a comfortable decision win. unanimous.

In recent images, Ruiz Jr appears to have lost a lot of weight

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In recent images, Ruiz Jr appears to have lost a lot of weight

After the fight, Ruiz Jr was widely criticized for his lack of motivation and discipline issues which caused him to lose his world heavyweight titles, almost as quickly as he had won them.

Since then, Ruiz Jr has only had one contest against an aging Chris Arreola.

He was able to knock down the former world heavyweight champion in the second round, but recovered to win by unanimous decision.

It now appears, however, that Ruiz Jr is ready to relaunch his career, as images have emerged of the Mexican in fine form as he trained alongside Alfredo Osuna.

It comes at the perfect time as Ruiz Jr has a tough test to face Luis Ortiz, who has already had two competitive fights with Deontay Wilder, and a win for the Mexican could propel him back into world title contention.

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