WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr looks in fantastic shape ahead of his rematch against Anthony Joshua on December 7th.
The 30-year-old, who provided one of the biggest shocks in boxing history when he defeated AJ in June, is ready to do it all over again in Saudi Arabia.
In fact, Ruiz Jr has recently claimed he is “lighter, faster and more powerful” than ever before as they prepare to go head-to-head.
And he certainly looks to have lost plenty of weight in recent pictures and footage.
Andy Ruiz Jr., WBA WBO IBF CHAMP
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Ruiz is adamant that he will silence the doubters once again come December.
“I have a lot of respect for Anthony, outside the ring he is a very good man’, Ruiz told ESPN Deportes.
“But inside [the ring] there are no friends, there is no respect or anything. It will not be an easy fight. I think it will be a hard fight, but nothing is easy in life, so we are training very hard. We will be prepared for whatever he brings.
“I will arrive in better condition. Lighter, faster and more powerful. They will believe that in December they will win.
“People will always talk like this, but I have faith that we’re going to win and shut up more mouths.”
Anthony Joshua, on the other hand, reckons he has identified “weaknesses” in Ruiz Jr and is ready to exploit them in their rematch.
In fact, the 29-year-old is adamant that he has spotted a chink in the armour of the Mexican-American.
“A little blip should not change you as a person. You should stay consistent with who you are.” Joshua told Sky Sports during a press conference in Saudi Arabia:
“I can become familiar with him. I know what I’m in for. I know what I’m capable of. I know what he’s capable of.
“I know some of the attributes he possesses, and some of the weaknesses. I have to go about exposing him a little bit more.
“The first time I had him down [in the first fight], I could have been smarter. These little things you think about in your head.
“Now I meet him eye to eye again and, subconsciously, the clock is ticking and I start thinking more and more about the fight.”