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Ruiz sends heavyweight warning to Parker

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Andy Ruiz says he is the fittest and slimmest shape of his career as he prepares to fight New Zealand's Joseph Parker for the WBO heavyweight belt.

Ranked No.3 in the division, the unbeaten Mexican (29-0) is preparing in California to face top contender Parker (21-0) in a title fight currently scheduled for Auckland on December 10.

The venue could yet switch to the United States if Parker's promoters can't find sufficient commercial backing.

Either way, 27-year-old Ruiz says he will be highly motivated to become Mexico's first heavyweight world champion.

Ruiz has linked with renowned trainer Abel Sanchez and is impressed by the immediate gains made at a camp in Big Bear, California.

"The training here is a lot different, a lot harder, it's more disciplined here," he told website firstclassboxing.com.

"The world is going to see a different Andy from the past".

Ruiz has appeared overweight through the majority of his seven-year professional career, relying on his hand speed to win fights.

However, he says he will present a "faster more explosive Andy, more thinner and in shape Andy" against 24-year-old Parker.

"A lot of people underestimate me because I'm big and flabby but I've fought nothing but chiselled, big, strong guys and [I've] proved them wrong [...] I'm one of the few heavyweights that likes to punch a lot".

Sanchez has brought in multiple sparring partners to prepare for Parker's size and style.

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