CRISTIANO RONALDO has jumped to the defence of pudgy heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz Jr as he claimed ‘the physique does not matter’.
The Juventus star remains to be shredded on the age of 35 because of his gruelling training regime and fancy diet plan.
Andy Ruiz Jr defied the chances to supply one of many greatest upsets in boxing historical pastCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However the Portuguese ace has insisted that the physique of an athlete doesn’t matter – and that preparation is the important thing to success.
Ronaldo made the declare whereas talking to two-time middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin for DAZN documentary ‘Parallel Worlds’.
He stated: “The combat, Ruiz in opposition to Joshua – Joshua is prime, however the different one is sweet.
“I talked with my buddies and so they stated, ‘Ah, his physique.’
“I stated, ‘Pay attention, the physique doesn’t matter. It’s preparation’.”
Mexican star Ruiz Jr backed up Ronaldo’s declare as he dethroned AJ in the summer of 2019 in New York.
The 25/1 underdog beat the British star in seven rounds to say the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
Ruiz Jr vowed to lose some of his flab in time for the rematch with the 6ft 6in former Olympic champion.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has cold and warm baths to stimulate muscle regeneration,Credit score: instagram
Cristiano Ronaldo was a thin teenager earlier than he utterly remodeled his physiqueCredit score: Instagram
He vowed to cut out ‘three-patty hamburger with bacon and cheese’ and Snickers bars from his food plan.
The 31-year-old deliberate to gorge on mushroom omelettes and chicken salads in a bid to lose some weight.
However he weighed in 15lbs heavier for the match as he tipped the scales at 20 stone.
He misplaced the second bout – and blamed his defeat on ‘three months of partying’.
Ruiz Jr – who has a file of 33-2 – has now dropped 20lbs as he plots his return to the ring.
Ronaldo additionally revealed what was stated when he ran into Joshua in Dubai.
He stated: “We had the chance to talk final yr in Dubai, I used to be with Joshua and we had dialog.
“33 years outdated is that age the place you begin to really feel down.
Cristiano Ronaldo loves to point out off his six pack and bulging bicepsCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Juventus famous person is exhibiting no indicators of slowing down on the age of 35Credit score: Instagram
“I don’t wanna be within the sport, in soccer, the place individuals say, ‘Cristiano was an unbelievable participant and now he’s sluggish.’
“I don’t need that.
“You possibly can take care a variety of your physique, the physique’s not an issue I don’t assume.
“It’s right here [points to his head], your motivation, expertise. I feel that is probably the most robust.”
In contrast to Andy Ruiz Jr, health fanatic Ronaldo has stayed in form all through his whole profession.
Even after he examined constructive for coronavirus, the former Manchester United star made sure to show off his muscles as he remoted.
Ronaldo follows a Pilates-based routine that focuses on resistance work to strengthen his core and he usually hits the fitness center.
Andy Ruiz Jr beat Anthony Joshua to say the heavyweight titlesCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty