UNDERDOG champion Andy Ruiz Jr vows to cut out his “three-patty hamburger with bacon and cheese” diet in preparation to rematch Anthony Joshua.
The unified heavyweight king, 29, is set to face AJ, also 29, at the end of the year.
Ruiz scored a 25-1 upset in June after decking Brit superstar Joshua four times on the way to a round seven stoppage win in New York.
Ahead of the second fight the Snickers loving champion told USA Today he will have “more ability, more speed, more power” with his new-look diet.
He said: “I want to be more toned, just shock the world even more, you know?
“I’ll have more ability, more speed, more power if I turn the little flab I have into muscle.
“I’m not trying to be with six-pack abs and big muscles and all that.
“None of that, you know. But just look a little different and more lean.
“That’s something I’m working on now, choosing the right foods.
“If not, I would be eating a three-patty hamburger with bacon and all kinds of cheese.”
No one gave chubby challenger Ruiz a prayer before he stepped in as a replacement for drug cheat Jarrell Miller on Joshua’s US debut.
Having suffered criticism for the way he looks throughout his career, the Mexican hero claims he can go even further if he ditches the chubby frame.
He added: “People need to understand that I came this far being chubby and all that. Imagine how far I could go actually being in good shape and looking good.
“It’s going to work in my advantage. I know it’s going to work. I’m going to feel a lot better and have more ability.
“I’d love to be at 250[lb], 255, but just be fit and be solid.
“Now that I have the right team behind me and the right equipment and all that, I think it’s going to work out for my benefit and it’s going to work out in my favour.
“The main thing is just to stay focused.’’
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