Andy Ruiz Jr weighs in almost TWO STONE lighter for first fight back since Anthony Joshua defeat as he shows off incredible body transformation ahead of Chris Arreola clash

Andy Ruiz Jr has made an impressive body transformation, losing almost two stone ahead of his return to the ring against Chris Arreola on Saturday night.

The former heavyweight champion shocked the world when he knocked out Anthony Joshua to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in June 2019.

Ruiz Jr is 27lbs lighter than he was for the AJ rematch

However, he weighed in more than a stone heavier for their rematch in Saudi Arabia six months later after too much partying and poor preparation.

As a result, he was outboxed by Joshua, lost his belts and then ballooned up in weigh further.

For the first AJ fight, Ruiz weighed 268lbs (19st 2lbs). For the rematch, he was 283lbs (20st 3lbs).

At his heaviest following the defeat, he revealed he scaled 310lbs (22st 2lbs).

But today at the weigh-in, Ruiz Jr came in at 256lbs (18 st 4lbs), which is 27lbs (1st 13lbs) lighter than the AJ rematch.

Ruiz Jr was WBA, IBF and WBO champion, but AJ took the belts back
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Ruiz Jr said on his YouTube channel while training last month: “All this hard work and dedication is gonna pay off man.

“I’m tired man, you see me do all those f***ing drills man? But, like I said, all this hard work and dedication is gonna pay off.

“Everyone’s gonna see the difference. Everyone’s gonna see my hard work, that’s what it’s all about.

“I’m ready for my next fight. I’m ready, excited, ready to prove everybody wrong.

“I must have lost 40lbs (2st 12lbs). After my fight against Anthony Joshua, my defeat in Saudi Arabia, I gained to like 310lbs (22st 2lbs).

“I was depressed, I was mad at myself because I knew I should’ve trained, I knew I should’ve done better in my last fight, but it’s never too late. Now is the beginning to see the real and new Andy Ruiz Jr.

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“I had everything, the belts, but I took that s*** for granted.

“Now it’s more motivation, being here with more champions, people that are dedicated, I’m excited to be here.

“In my other fights I used to weigh 270lbs, 280lbs and I would have to lose 20lbs just to get in my weight.

“I would always do it the wrong way, use plastic, try to lose weight at the last minute, drain myself.

“I’m ready to get my belts back.”