By Mark Elezaj
According to Andy Ruiz Jr., Anthony Joshua is “not good at boxing.”
It’s no surprise that the newly crowned heavyweight champion feels the way he does, he produced one of the greatest upsets in boxing when he knocked out Joshua in the seventh round at Maddison Square Garden to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles.
He is expecting the rematch, set to take place in the fall, to have the same result.
“I know his flaws,” he said during a news conference. “I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around, he’s not good at boxing.
“The rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready. People thought I wasn’t going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight.
“There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
Ruiz and Joshua are still working out the details for their rematch, specifically where the fight will take place.
The two top choices will be either New York City or in the U.K, with a venue announcement coming soon.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports that Joshua’s choice would be for the rematch to take place in Madison Square Garden, so that he can try to avenge his loss.
Hearn also says that he will be “very nervous” when the rematch takes place.
“I saw Ruiz the other night saying he’s got to run in the rematch – that’s what he can’t do,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“He can’t run, he boxed off the back foot last time. But it’s going to take a really good performance, physically and mentally, to win this fight. I just believe in him. I believe in his mindset, I believe in his ability, and I just believe that he’s going to do it.
“Honestly I think it’s just a case of, and he said it to me the other day, ‘People just talk to me about Wilder.’ All fight week was, ‘After this fight, I’ll sit down with Wilder, Fury’ all this. So subconsciously it’s like this fight is won, and when it breaks down or it goes wrong or you get hurt, it’s like, what the f***? But this time you can go in with the attitude that this is everything, and that’s what he had when he went in against Klitschko.
“He was prepared to go to any lengths to win that fight, just that fight, it was the only thing that mattered to him. And now we’re there again with Ruiz. This is going to be epic. But it’s going to be a real tough fight. I can’t wait. I’m going to be absolutely sh*ting myself, but this is what we live for.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~