Andy Ruiz says he’s nonetheless haunted by loss to Anthony Joshua

Throughout this dialog with our associates at Battle Hub TV, former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr discusses the modifications he’s made in his life to get up to now, heading into his upcoming conflict in opposition to Chris Arreola. Whereas Ruiz was catching up with Marcos Villegas, he discusses his noticeable weight reduction and the way he’s feeling now coaching with Staff Canelo. Take a look at some excerpts from the interview under.

Ruiz on how he feels preventing at a a lot decrease weight than we final noticed him

“It feels good. You realize, I’ve the flexibility that I by no means thought that I had. I can bob and weave, I can duck extra, I can slip the punches. The velocity I at all times had, you already know, however the skill that they’re displaying me and so they’re instructing me stuff that I couldn’t do earlier than. It feels wonderful.

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“I really feel like typically I really like like Mike Tyson, you already know…I needed to get my legs sturdy for me to maneuver like that. I by no means knew that I may field round, I may slip the punches, and in sparring I’ve been sparring people who I used to be already sparring earlier than and so they’re like ‘man, you’re totally different, you’re extra busy, prefer it’s exhausting to hit you’ and it’s due to the exhausting work and dedication. It wasn’t simply me, it was Eddy and Canelo displaying me a lot stuff.”

On if he desires to lose extra weight or keep across the 255lb mark

“I’m at 257 however I’m not the place I need to be at. I’m manner higher than I used to be earlier than however I need to be at like 235lbs, 235-240lbs, however sturdy, be lean. For me to be there I gotta keep constant and I gotta keep disciplined, I gotta hold working exhausting. And earlier than I used to coach after I had a battle coming so Canelo’s been telling me I’ve to be coaching even after I don’t have a battle…I simply gotta keep busy and give attention to what they’ve been telling me.”

On if the coaching or the weight-reduction plan has gotten him to drop a few pounds

“It’s 50/50, bro. It’s 50/50 however having the burden loss I’ve been feeling so a lot better and I’ve the flexibility to do extra stuff, I can final extra rounds, I may throw extra punches — I may achieve this many extra issues…”

On being extra motivated at this level in his profession

“At this second, after I was champion of the world, I used to be actually pleased and I received caught up within the way of life and I remorse that to this present day. I nonetheless have that half in me that I remorse it and I let so many individuals down. After which after I misplaced it I used to be depressed, I used to be mad, I used to be offended at myself and I ended up (weighing as much as) 310lbs. I used to be so unhappy and I received uninterested in the best way that I used to be dwelling…I keep in mind this in the future I simply received on my knees and I began praying and I used to be telling God, ‘Please God, assist me. Assist me make a change, I don’t need to be the identical person who I’m proper now. I need to be a greater particular person, a greater father, a greater son, a greater fighter as properly.’

And what are you aware, the subsequent day I find yourself feeling like all of the addictions that I had went away. Every part went away. It was wonderful, man…That day I used to be pondering so clear and I used to be like ‘you already know what, I’m gonna message Canelo’ and I didn’t suppose he was gonna reply as a result of I believed he was upset in me too…So I messaged him like ‘do you suppose you can open the doorways for me, I’m tried of the best way that I’m dwelling, uninterested in the stuff that I’m doing’ and he was like ‘alright.’ He messaged me and I used to be like ‘whoa, what the heck.’

“The very first thing that Eddy advised me was ‘look Andy, we all know what you bought, we all know that you simply received potential however for those who’re gonna come over right here I would like you to be disciplined, I would like you to offer me 110%, I would like you to work your ass off’ and I advised him ‘you already know what Eddy, I’ll do no matter it’s, I’ll do no matter it takes’ and what are you aware, I began coaching exhausting, I began doing the issues that he needed me to do and what are you aware, we’re right here now.”

On what he thinks would’ve occurred if he confirmed up for the Joshua rematch in this type of form

“I might’ve nonetheless been champion. I might’ve nonetheless been champion, man. And that’s what I mentioned, it nonetheless haunts me to this present day in my coronary heart and I do know precisely what to do and what to not do now as a result of I went all 12 rounds.”

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