Eddie Hearn has poured cold water on Andy Ruiz Jr’s apparent ‘body transformation’ and insists he doesn’t believe the 30-year-old has visibly lost weight.
Earlier this month, the Mexican-American heavyweight champion, who will make his first defence in a rematch with Anthony Joshua on December 7, caused a commotion by posting slimmed down pictures on social media.
However, Hearn is sceptical of the images after seeing more recent training footage of Ruiz Jr.
When asked if he felt the fighter had trimmed down, Hearn told iFL TV: “I don’t think so, I thought he looked quite tubby.
“I actually thought he looked heavier than he did previously.
“Make your own mind up. That clip that I saw, which was him training in San Diego, I didn’t think that he looked slimmer than he did last camp.
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“There was one picture of him leaning forward [on Instagram].
“The old ‘lean forward’, tucked back, with a little pout, can make you lose half a stone. Maybe he’s done that.
“I thought he looked heavy, I thought he looked a bit slower actually – maybe I’m just used to his speed now.
“He’s a bit tubby, isn’t he? I’m a bit tubby.”