Via Jack Tiernan: Andy Ruiz Jr looks like a machine during training camp for his WBC heavyweight belt remover against Luis Ortiz on September 4 on FOX Sports PPV at Crypto Arena in Los Angeles.
Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) seems to have lost fat and added muscle for this 12-round bout with ‘King Kong’ Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs). This is a dangerous fight for Ruiz, as Ortiz, 43, is a big puncher, and he is a great finisher when he injures his opponent.
In Ruiz’s only fight since losing three heavyweight titles to Anthony Joshua in 2019, he dived into an unimpressive 12-round unanimous decision against Chris Arreola last May.
The 40-year-old Arreola knocked Ruiz down in the second half and left him severely injured. To be fair, if Arreola can do it with Ruiz, so can Ortiz.
After the fight, Ruiz’s fans argued that he had lost too much weight in training for the match against Arreola, and that’s why he didn’t look as impressive.
Indeed, Ruiz lost 57 lbs when going from 313 lbs to 256 for the battle of Arreola.
Losing that amount of weight will negatively affect the performance of any boxer, especially if they party and eat the Ruiz way.
“He doesn’t look good against Chris Arreolaand he was badly injured,” said Teddy Atlas The struggle about Andy Ruiz Jr, in a side performance against 40-year-old Chris Arreola last year.
“[Luis] Ortiz punches at least as hard as Arreola, and Arreola has also grown. Arreola has had a losing streak and is nowhere near his peak. No one thought he would give [Ruiz] Atlas said.
In a way, Ortiz was a bigger puncher than Arreola because he was a southern puncher, and the shots he caught on his opponent were shots they didn’t see coming.
“It was Ruiz’s first battle with his new coaches, and again, he didn’t look good. I think if Arreola can hurt him, Ortiz can hurt him. You never know when Ortiz really gets old. Atlas said.