AJ: Ruiz Can Be A Tougher Challenge Than Miller
While he may not have the same power as Jarrell Miller, Anthony Joshua believes replacement opponent Andy Ruiz Jr is the smarter boxer of the two.
Ruiz Jr was tapped last week as the replacement for Miller, who failed three separate PED tests for three separate banned substances.
“Obviously with Miller he was 300lbs, his punch output was very high as well – so what I tried to do was adapt my training in terms of size and punch output and what I was going to do to someone that comes forward all the time,” Joshua told Sky Sports News about the changes he’ll need to make in the lat few weeks of camp heading into June 1st.
“Ruiz doesn’t weigh as much, he is a lot quicker than Miller and I think he uses punch variety and punch selection a lot better than Miller does,” the unified world heavyweight champion said to Sky Sports.
“His punch output is a lot lower but he is more accurate with his punches. I have to be better with my defence, a lot tighter and be smarter against someone like Ruiz.
“Even though he is not as big and doesn’t work as hard to a certain degree, he is a lot smarter.”
“It’s fine,” Joshua said of the change of opponent with less than a month until fight night. The good thing is when you don’t take your eye off the prize and you prepare for things like this, it isn’t an issue,” he said.
“When you don’t prepare for things like this, then it becomes a distraction.”
Report: Sky Sports