If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the view of Mike Tyson having witnessed Andy Ruiz Jr shed weight before his blockbuster boxing match against Anthony Joshua.
The world heavyweight champion knocked out Joshua earlier this year in one of boxing’s greatest upsets — considered so in part due to his podgy belly, The Sun reports.
And Tyson, 53, reckons Ruiz Jr will have maintained a stronger punch with the trademark Snickers-loving style he appears to have lost in recent times.
The former undisputed champ told Parimatch: “There have been rumours he has lost weight. I don’t like that.
“I believe losing the weight can affect power sometimes.
“If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
“He did well at that weight, so he should stay at that weight.
“In the first fight, Ruiz put the pressure on him (Joshua) so fast that he didn’t know what to anticipate.
“And there were some hard punches.”
Ruiz Jr beat Joshua in New York at a whopping 121kg.
By contrast, Tyson fought at 97kg on his 1985 debut and finished his career at just under 108kg.
Part of the American veteran’s decision to quit the ring in 2005 came from the difficulty he had getting in shape for fights.
Ahead of his December rematch against Joshua, Ruiz Jr said: “I think being 10 pounds (4-5kg) lighter, I’m going to be a better fighter.
“I will arrive in better condition … lighter, faster and more powerful.”
In fact, he isn’t the only boxer undergoing a significant change for the bout with Joshua also becoming much leaner.
Claims the Brit looked more like a bodybuilder than a fighter have apparently rung true in his camp with recent images showing a new-look AJ preparing for the Saudi Arabia contest
This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission