Andy Ruiz Jr has responded to Anthony Joshua’s fascinating new feedback reflecting on their first struggle.
The unified heavyweight champion made no excuses within the rapid aftermath of his first profession loss to the Mexican in June 2019 and went on to regain his titles of their rematch six months later.
AJ did say he felt Ruiz Jr benefitted from a ‘fortunate punch despatched by the gods’ in an interview which passed off between the 2 fights, however by no means put any help behind claims from followers who stated he was ‘not himself’ within the ring that night time.
Some observers checked out Joshua on his ring stroll and insisted they observed variations in him earlier than the primary bell.
The Brit dismissed this speak… till now.
Joshua merely instructed JD Sports activities this week: “The primary Ruiz struggle, I do know that wasn’t me.
“You may see within the ring stroll and me standing within the ring, that wasn’t me.”
When requested about these remarks, Ruiz Jr instructed Little Large Boxing: “You realize what? He can say no matter he needs.
“The primary factor is I received [against] him in a spectacular means.
“Within the second struggle, what was his excuse? He didn’t actually look that good.
“I used to be midway in form and we nonetheless went the space. He didn’t harm me.”
A trilogy struggle between the pair shouldn’t be on the playing cards for now as AJ is finalising an undisputed struggle in opposition to Tyson Fury.
In the meantime, Ruiz Jr has been touted for a showdown with Deontay Wilder.
When requested about this chance, he concluded: “After all. All people’s been speaking about that struggle.
“I might like to struggle Wilder… and Tyson Fury.”
Ruiz Jr will first return in opposition to Chris Arreola on April 24.