Andy Ruiz Jr has apologised to his family and to trainer Manny Robles, after claiming he ignored their advice in the build up to his second fight with Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz Jr stunned the boxing world in June of this year, after he was thrown into world title contention at just two weeks notice, following Jarrell Miller's suspension for his fight with Joshua at Madison Square Gardens.
A performance for the ages saw the ever-smiling Mexican-American de-throne the reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion, firmly writing his name into the history books in the process.
After a long and frenetic build up however, AJ reclaimed his belts last night with an immaculate 12-round performance, claiming a wide margin of victory on all three of the judge's scorecards.
As the dust settles on blockbuster fight however, and boxing fans re-adjust to Joshua once again ruling as the division's head-honcho, Ruiz Jr has been left in a contemplative mood, and has spoken openly and honestly to the media on why he lost the fight.
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"Me and my dad and my team have been talking, that I should have listened to them" Ruiz Jr told reporters in his post-fight conference.
"I shouldn't have put on all this weight. I tried to kind of do the training on my own you know and [turning to trainer Robles] I'm sorry Manny, and I'm sorry to my dad. I should have listened to them more".
Despite his loss last night, Ruiz Jr's conduct once again both before and after the fight has won many fans for the 30-year-old Californian native - and many in the sport will be clamouring to see the heavy-hitter face off against many of the division's other big names.
A third fight with Joshua is also a prospect which looms large for the near future, with both fighters stating their desire last night to complete the trilogy.
When asked how we could alter his preparation for a potential third fight, the 'Destroyer' was in no doubt over what needed to change.
"I think we started too late, and I don't want to say that the three months of partying that I had celebrating and whatnot, kind of affected me, but to tell you the truth it kind of did".
Despite hearing his fighter's damning assessment of his own preparation, trainer Robles was far from critical of his man, and vowed to stick with him until they were back on top once again.
"Even when things aren't going well, there's a lot of things that media people don't know. But you have to stick with your guy, you have to stick with your fighter no matter what.
"Right here sitting next to him, letting him know that I got his back. A lot of people are going to shy away or run away or whatever, but I'm not that type of individual.
"I'm with my fighter 100%".News Now - Sport News