Andy Ruiz Jr has revealed that Anthony Joshua despatched him direct messages on Instagram after their rematch in December 2019.
The previous heavyweight champion of the world shocked everybody when he knocked out AJ to say the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in June of that 12 months.
Nonetheless, Ruiz Jr weighed in additional than a stone heavier for his or her rematch in Saudi Arabia after months of partying and poor preparation.
Consequently, he was comfortably outboxed and misplaced his belts.
The Mexican-American has stated that he struggled with despair within the aftermath and ballooned as much as 320lbs.
One shining gentle for him throughout this era although had been the messages of assist he obtained from his rival.
Having solely just lately skilled defeat for himself, AJ determined to console his opponent.
Ruiz Jr revealed to the Mail: “There have been a couple of messages.
“We had been simply saying that I’d bounce again, that I’m a fantastic fighter.
“I’ve nothing however love for him. I don’t haven’t any grudges.”
The coronavirus pandemic delayed Ruiz Jr’s ring return, however he’s now lastly on the comeback path and making ready to face Chris Arreola on Could 1.
He has linked up with Canelo Alvarez’s coach Eddy Reynoso and is coaching for this return.
Ruiz Jr stated on his YouTube channel: “All this difficult work and dedication is gonna repay man.
“I’m drained man, you see me do all these f***ing drills man? However, like I stated, all this difficult work and dedication is gonna repay.
“Everybody’s gonna see the distinction. Everybody’s gonna see my onerous work, that’s what it’s all about.
“I’m prepared for my subsequent combat. I’m prepared, excited, able to show everyone mistaken.
“I will need to have misplaced 40lbs [2st 12lbs]. After my combat towards Anthony Joshua, my defeat in Saudi Arabia, I gained to love 310lbs [22st 2lbs].
“I used to be depressed, I used to be mad at myself as a result of I knew I ought to’ve educated, I knew I ought to’ve accomplished higher in my final combat, nevertheless it’s by no means too late. Now could be the start to see the actual and new Andy Ruiz Jr.”