Andy Ruiz Jr has demonstrated the effects of hard work in the gym with a new slimmed down figure ahead of his return to the boxing ring.
The former heavyweight champion of the world stunned everyone when he knocked out Anthony Joshua to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in June 2019.
However, he weighed in more than a stone heavier for their rematch in Saudi Arabia after months of partying and poor preparation.
As a result, he was outboxed by Joshua, lost his belts and has not fought since.
Now though he has joined up with Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso and shown off his weight loss.
Ruiz Jr said on his YouTube channel: “All this hard work and dedication is gonna pay off man.
“I’m tired man, you see me do all those f***ing drills man? But, like I said, all this hard work and dedication is gonna pay off.
“Everyone’s gonna see the difference. Everyone’s gonna see my hard work, that’s what it’s all about.
“I’m ready for my next fight. I’m ready, excited, ready to prove everybody wrong.
“I must have lost 40lbs [2st 12lbs]. After my fight against Anthony Joshua, my defeat in Saudi Arabia, I gained to like 310lbs [22st 2lbs].
“I was depressed, I was mad at myself because I knew I should’ve trained, I knew I should’ve done better in my last fight, but it’s never too late. Now is the beginning to see the real and new Andy Ruiz Jr…
“I had everything, the belts, but I took that s*** for granted.
“Now it’s more motivation, being here with more champions, people that are dedicated, I’m excited to be here.
“In my other fights I used to weigh 270lbs, 280lbs and I would have to lose 20lbs just to get in my weight.
“I would always do it the wrong way, use plastic, try to lose weight at the last minute, drain myself.
“I’m ready to get my belts back, not just my belts, I’m coming for you Tyson Fury – I need that WBC.”
Reynoso told Behind The Gloves: “It’s about 20lbs. And he also has more muscle.
“He’s not as fat as he was before. He can move his hips a lot better and that helps him move around in the ring…
“He’s working really hard.
“He’s trying to fight in April, but it’s not confirmed yet.
“The change has helped, coming into this camp. We know that he can do well and I can assure you he will be world champion again.”
Reynoso’s stable is now one of the strongest in boxing with multiple world champions and top contenders training at his gym.