Andy Ruiz confessed that he did not train well enough for his rematch against Anthony Joshua after losing the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.
The Mexican-American suffered a convincing defeat after his showdown with Joshua in Saudi Arabia went to the scorecards, with the Briton claiming convincing 118-110 118-110 and 119-109 verdicts.
While a leaner and smarter Joshua was able to box and weave his way to victory, Ruiz admitted that the extra weight he put on – coming into the fight more than a stone heavier than the 247lbs he weighed on 1 June – hindered him throughout the bout, making him sluggish and less powerful than he would have liked.
“It was his night man,” said Ruiz. “I think I didn’t prepare as how I should have, I gained too much weight. I don’t want to give excuses but I gained too much weight.”
But Ruiz immediately pressed his claims for a third encounter to complete a trilogy fight, claiming that if he gets a fresh crack at the world titles he will take his preparations much more seriously than he did this time around.