Ruiz Claims He “Didn’t Train” For Joshua
Whether you’d want to believe him or not, former unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr is claiming he barely prepared for his rematch and loss to Anthony Joshua.
Ruiz decided to go on the Riddick Bowe route as world champion, going on a long publicity tour and enjoying the trappings of being world champion, assuming he’d just drop Joshua in Saudi Arabia the same way he did earlier this year in New York.
That did not happen, what did happen was a disciplined Joshua walked all over Ruiz in a unanimous decision victory.
“I just should’ve trained harder, you know?,” Ruiz told BoxingScene.com in a post-fight interview. “There’s no excuses. I think I looked past him. I thought it was gonna be the same thing [as] June 1st. But we did work on some things. But I think for me, being a little heavier – well, a lot heavier – I didn’t perform my best.”
“There’s a lot of things they were telling me,” said Ruiz of his only second pro loss.
“I just think the fame got a little to me. You know, I’m just happy to be here. I’m happy that I was the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. And I’m gonna learn from my mistakes and, you know, I’ve just gotta bounce back. I’ve been through so many roller coasters in my life, and this is one of ‘em. And I’ve bounced back before. I’m gonna bounce back again.”
Initial Report: Boxing Scene