EDDIE HEARN has warned Andy Ruiz Jr about his “dangerous” weight loss ahead of the Anthony Joshua rematch.
The 19st Mexican-American defends his unified heavyweight titles against Brit superstar AJ on December 7, six months on from his shock win in New York.
Ruiz defends his unified heavyweight titles against Brit superstar AJ on December 7Credit: Getty Images - Getty
Ahead of the Middle East clash Ruiz vowed to improve physically and looked to have kept to his word after releasing pictures online looking in trimmer frame.
And despite saying the Snickers lover tricked fans into thinking he had slimmed down, promoter Hearn wants the champion to lose another TWO STONE, to give Joshua an advantage.
He told talkSPORT: “It’s a dangerous move to start taking weight off, in my opinion. I love it. I hope he loses another two stone.
“Joshua is very focused. It all comes down to the night. This time Anthony will be 100 per cent ready for Andy Ruiz.
“We still have to execute the game plan and win the fight. It’s one month today and it’s the biggest fight of the year.
“It’s one of the biggest fights of our generation in terms of heavyweight fights and heavyweight rematches.”
Ruiz claimed he had only lost 3lbs since his Madison Square Garden victory on June 1, having weighed in at 268lbs for the world title fight.
And speaking to iFL TV the 30-year-old revealed he only wants to lose another 5lbs before making the first defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Ruiz said: : “Right now it’s three pounds less (than the first fight with Joshua), I weighed in at 268 I think for Anthony Joshua fight - the first one and I’m planning to be at 260 for this fight.
“I don’t want to lose too much because I want to be strong, I want to feel good for December 7.
“A lot of people have been messaging me: ‘Hey don’t lose too much weight, hey you’re going to be weak,’ I listen what we do inside the gym - we know what we’re doing and what we’re doing it for.”
Ruiz vowed to improve physically and looked to have kept to his word after releasing pictures online looking in trimmer frameCredit: Refer to Caption
Hearn wants the champion to lose another two stone, to give Joshua an advantageCredit: AFP or licensors