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Andy Ruiz: ‘It’s great to be back’

Andy Ruiz
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On Saturday Andy Ruiz will box Chris Arreola, in his own words he looks forward to his first contest since losing the Anthony Joshua rematch

IT’S great to be back. I feel really good right now with all the hard work we’ve put in at the gym. I know Chris Arreola is training hard as well and looking good, so we’re ready for whatever he brings on fight night.

I chose trainer Eddy Reynoso because this is where the champions train. Everyone here is dedicated and disciplined. I felt like I needed to make this change and it’s really something that I should have done a long time ago.

The main thing I’ve learned here is discipline. That’s something you can’t buy, you have to do it on your own. You have to want it.

I’ve learned so much here. We try to perfect every punch and every movement. I’m not just a fighter who comes forward. I have more abilities. Losing weight is going to let me show more of what I can do.

I’ve learned different abilities that I can do during this training camp. I can throw different punches and combinations fighting at this weight. I was always a fighter who could come forward, but now I can switch it up. I can’t wait to show it on May 1.

Andy Ruiz
Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Chris and I sparred when I was 16 years old. We’ve both had the same dreams and the same vision. We’ve had great careers. My dad has always said that me and him were going to fight one day and now it’s right around the corner.

I come to the gym with a smile on my face now. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m a lot better than I was before. I just have to keep working and stay disciplined. I have to be in the gym, even when I don’t have a fight date. It’s got to be a lifestyle.

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