Joshua Promises To “Break” Ruiz’ Jaw For Smack Talk
If Andy Ruiz Jr wanted a charged up Anthony Joshua on June 1st, the world title challenger’s wish has been granted.
Ruiz Jr, who stepped in for Jarrell Miller, following Miller failing three PED tests for three different performance enhancers, has called Joshua a “robot” and that the British boxer had a lot of open holes in his game.
“I heard him say that! I’m going to smack him up now!” Joshua said to Boxing News. “It’s like in the [Alexander] Povetkin fight [in September last year]. When he hit me, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to f*** you up now.’ Because he didn’t speak English, he didn’t trash-talk too much before the fight, so I respected him. But when you’re in there, you take the fight as it comes.
“Miller was going to get peppered – straight up. If Ruiz wants to go down that route of talking sh*t too, then I’m gonna want to break his jaw and hurt him really bad. But if he wants a good boxing match and he gets hit with a shot he didn’t see, and we shake hands after, then it’s best not to say anything.”
Heading into the initial fight with Miller, Joshua was ready to give and take a fair amount of smack talk, yet Joshua truly prefers to let his fists do the talking.
“Like [Wladimir] Klitschko and Povetkin,” Joshua said. “I come from that amateur background where you fight the best and respect the best. Miller comes more from that gritty gym background where it’s all trash talk. You’ve got to talk and talk. In amateur boxing, it doesn’t really matter what you say. The medals, the accolades, the fights show what you’re about.
“Look at [Vasyl] Lomachenko. He doesn’t have to say too much. You just respect him as a fighter and that’s the background I was introduced to. I like that. And Klitschko was the same – an Olympian. Povetkin is the same, too. I’m more down that route and those are the kind of fighters I respect.”
Report: Boxing News