Ruiz Expects A Faster Win In AJ Rematch
Andy Ruiz Jr expects that he will beat Anthony Joshua “even faster” on December 7th than he did in June to retain his unified world heavyweight championship.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Ruiz feels Joshua will act more “cautious” in Saudi Arabia than their first fight inside Madison Square Garden.
“I’m expecting that. But if he wants to bang, it’s better for me. I love to bang because that’s the fighter that I am,” Ruiz Jr exclusively told Sky Sports. “December 7 we have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality.
“We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true.
“Of course I want more – I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.”
“People haven’t seen me cut off the ring,” Ruiz Jr said of his usual style. “I actually break them down even faster when they try to box me around.”
“One punch can change the fight. That’s what happened on June 1. It might be a little harder than the first time. I’ve got to show my skills, my talent.”
While Ruiz won his first fight against Joshua due to his size and power, the current champion insists that slimming down will be even more effective.
“Especially me staying small. I don’t think he likes fighting [against that style],” Ruiz Jr explained. “I don’t think he’s ever fought a short guy that pressures and is pretty slick.
“I felt like I was boxing him around even though I was the shorter guy. I was counter-punching him. When he would throw, I would throw back with more punches.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports