Former heavyweight champion learned his lesson when he defeated Chris Arreola by unanimous decision in May of last year. Prior to the battle, he was more concerned with the numbers on the scale and his appearance than with his strategy, which may have contributed to his lackluster showing.
On Sunday in Los Angeles, Ruiz (34-2, 22 KOs) faced off against another contender, Luis Ortiz (33-2, 28 KOs), in a pay-per-view bout. Ruiz did his best to prepare for the fight, but he didn’t make cutting weight a top priority.
“I learned from my last fight,” Ruiz said.
“Losing that much weight, I think it was bad. I feel God made me a champion being heavy and being husky when I fought Anthony Joshua. I’m not trying to change that.
“The only thing I’m changing is trying to lose fat but trying to gain muscle [while] still staying around the same weight, like in the 260s, so I can feel strong.”
“Right now I’m at 267 pounds,” he said. “… I’ll be like at 260 but I’ll try to fight at round 265 at the fight, when I’m inside the ring. But right now weight isn’t an issue. … I think the main thing is having the conditioning, having the power, being explosive for this fight.”
“As long as I have my gym I’m able to control my weight and stay busy as well. I still have a lot [of room to improve. I’m ready to have more fights this year, to get it on with everybody.”
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