Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is ready to return to the ring after almost 17 months. Few inspirational messages from Anthony Joshua boosted his confidence level and helped him to take come back decision.
Ruiz Jr stunned the boxing world when he knocked out Joshua at Madison Square Garden on June 1, 2019. However, AJ demanded a rematch, and they met again in December of that year. The 12-round bout finished with a unanimous decision, and Joshua won that fight in Saudi Arabia.
After that defeat, the Destroyer blamed himself as he did not train properly, and eventually, he fell into depression. But recently, he revealed that a lot of people inspired him to get back to the ring. But the inspirational message from Joshua helped him to think about boxing again.
Joshua took to Instagram and sent Andy motivational messages after the rematch. “There were a few messages. We were just saying that I’d bounce back, that I’m a great fighter,” Andy revealed.
The messages were so powerful that Andy got his confidence back and fought with the depression. The Destroyer conveyed about AJ, “I have nothing but love for him. I don’t have no grudges.”
Although Andy decided to come back to the ring last year, the coronavirus pandemic delayed his return. But he is now finally on the comeback trail and getting ready to fight Chris Arreola on May 1.
Andy Ruiz Jr to fight Chris Arreola
The fight was announced on March 30 via a virtual conference, where both fighters conveyed their messages towards the fans. They will meet for a pay-per-view action at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Andy is really excited about the fight as he will join a bout after 17 long months. The Destroyer claimed that he has changed since his last bout against Joshua. “I can’t wait to show everyone the new Andy Ruiz Jr. on May 1, because I’m more motivated right now than I ever have been before,” Ruiz said in the virtual conference.
Andy Ruiz became popular after he defeated Joshua in just seven rounds, which earned him win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles. But he also regretted giving back the titles after six months. Now that he got some motivation from AJ, the fans are certainly eagerly waiting for his comeback.
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