Boxer Andy Ruiz will reportedly be making a comeback soon after nearly a year since his last bout against Anthony Joshua last December. While his last bout may have not been the outcome he was looking for, he is only one fight removed from his historic upset of Joshua in June 2019.
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Ruiz won the WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, and WBO championships in his upset victory last year, but he relinquished the belts back to Joshua in their next clash. While it may have been a relatively short lived title run, Ruiz was able to bask in the glory of his victory, perhaps to a fault. He later confessed that his diet may have costed him in his defense of the belt.
“I think I ate everything,” said Ruiz. “That’s why I gained so much weight. I was having too much fun. I was celebrating too much.”
Ruiz's physical troubles only compounded when he became complacent and stopped training as hard after reaching his pinnacle. Nevertheless, it seems as though he is ready to give the sport another shot, and it is clear that he learned from his mistakes.
Ruiz is attempting a comeback that many before him have done successfully, but he still will have to show that he is willing to put in the hard work to get it done. If he is motivated to do so, there is no reason to believe he won’t ascend the division ranks once again.
“Eyes on the prize, I’m Coming Back Stronger”- Andy Ruiz Jr 💪#teamdestroyer
Written by: Narek Gasparyan