Former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is thriving under the guidance of Eddy Reynoso and has lost 25lbs since returning to the gym, says coach Jorge Capetillo.

Ruiz has not fought since his unanimous decision defeat to Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia back in December 2019, but has since joined forces with trainer Eddy Reynoso after parting ways with Manny Robles.

Capetillo, who has been keeping an eye on Ruiz’s return to the gym, says the 31-year-old is now firmly on track after training alongside the likes of pound-for-pound star Canelo and lightweight dynamo Ryan Garcia. 

“Andy is a kid. He got distracted. Now, I can see he is more calm with his family. He is getting back on track, especially mentally,” Capetillo told Sky Sports.

“He has hunger again. He has tasted what it means to be a world champion. I can see he wants more! But you have to be willing to sacrifice. 

“To be around Canelo, who has this mindset day-in day-out, is a great influence for Andy. His weight has gone down 25lbs. He looks very slim. He doesn’t want to show up to Reynoso looking rough.”