What Tyson Fury said to Andy Ruiz Jr about Anthony Joshua and his body transformation when they met in person for the first time

Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz Jr met for the first time a fortnight ago and discussed a variety of topics, including Anthony Joshua.

The current WBC heavyweight champion of the world and the former WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world both attended an event hosted by Jorge Capetillo in Las Vegas.

Ruiz beat AJ in their first fight and believes Fury will do the same
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Capetillo is a boxing coach who previously worked Fury’s corner as a cutman.

He’s also had Ruiz Jr in his gym on numerous occasions.

As a result, he invited both men along and was delighted that they appeared to support him and his event.

At the start of the afternoon, they were brought together and quickly became friendly.

Fury and Joshua are finalising their fight
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Ruiz Jr has lost a lot of weight ahead of his return fight against Chris Arreola

Capetillo recalled the moment of first meeting to Sky: “Tyson said, ‘Look at you, chubby!’

“But Andy is in great shape now. They were making fun…

“Tyson told Andy, ‘You were the first man to beat Joshua and now it will be my time too.’

“Andy beat him. He knows. Andy truly believes Tyson will smash Joshua.”

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By the end of the afternoon the pair were telling their stories up on stage together.

Capetillo added: “Tyson and Andy put on a great event, giving away shoes, toys and food to the community.

“It was incredible to see people touched by their love.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have them both – the best heavyweight of our era and the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion.

“It was something from my heart. I talked to Andy first. Then Tyson arrived. I introduced them – we were on the same page with the same feelings.

“It was a really special moment. Andy was inspired by Tyson’s comeback. And Tyson thinks Andy has great skills and ability.

“They spoke about their mental health, about their shared experience of being on top when everything comes easy to you. They shared experiences, knowledge and love.”