Joshua: Ruiz Got Lucky

Anthony Joshua says Andy Ruiz’s win in June all came down to luck, but he feels Lady Luck will not be on Ruiz’s side when the two meet in their upcoming rematch.

Ruiz pulled off a major upset back in June, finishing Joshua in the seventh round to hand the British heavyweight his first loss and claim the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. Joshua had dropped Ruiz early in the third round, but Ruiz came back to stun and drop Joshua later that round before dropping him thrice more for the TKO.

“By a lucky punch — by a punch sent by the gods,” Joshua said. “I don’t know what [a] concussion is, but for sure, after the fight, I didn’t know what round [the fight was stopped]. So I’m just shocked it took Ruiz Jr. another four rounds to get me out. Let me concuss Ruiz Jr. — he won’t get back up.

“Ruiz Jr got hit by a flash knockdown — he was still raw, he wasn’t well-done, he wasn’t cooked yet. I should have left him a little bit longer. But the instinct in me was: ‘Boom!’ I ended up getting caught with a left hook on the top of the head. He ain’t that skillful. He’s a good fighter.”

The third round in question is considered to be one of the best, more insane rounds in heavyweight boxing, with Joshua in control and looking on the road to another successful defense before the tide turned.

Joshua says he will come out with the same strategy when the rematch comes, but he’ll make it much harder for Ruiz to drop him again.

“[I will] do what I did in round three, but with more silky skill. And that was easy to put him down,” Joshua said. “So I need to be smarter, next time. I wasn’t boxing properly. Skipping around the ring like a marathon runner. Dancing around the ring. It was never the game-plan to have my arms low, and be over my front foot.”

Ruiz vs. Joshua II is scheduled to take place on Dec. 7 in Saudi Arabia, but the event’s location is in dispute.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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