Ruiz Knew He Could Win After Getting Knocked Down
When Anthony Joshua knocked Andy Ruiz Jr. down in the third round of their June 1 unified heavyweight title fight, many expected it was the beginning of the end for Ruiz. But Ruiz, however, said it was then that he knew he could defeat Joshua.
And defeat Joshua he did, coming back to drop Joshua twice in that round and twice more in the seventh en route to a TKO win — claiming the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles in the process with arguably boxing’s biggest upset since James “Buster” Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson.
“When I got up, he got me with the perfect right hand that could have knocked anybody out,” Ruiz told JD Sports. “I think having that will of wanting to win and wanting to bounce back helped me a lot, but after I knocked him down I was like, ‘[Expletive] yeah, man, I’m in the game.’ He knocked me down, I got up, I knocked him down and I had the will to keep going and knock him out again.
A lot of people are saying it was a lucky shot, and this and that…I feel it was a lucky shot he got me with because I kind of got confident and got lazy when he got me with the uppercut. I was just standing there and he got me.
“I was nervous, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into; all I knew was I was facing the guy that it was unthinkable that…nobody thought I was going to win, nobody thought that I could beat AJ. Look at this chubby little kid with heart, with a desire and a big dream that just wanted to prove everybody wrong. From the beginning I kept telling people, ‘You know what, I’m going to win, I’m going to become the champion of the world, and what do you know, I ended up doing it.”
Ruiz and Joshua will rematch in Saudi Arabia next weekend.
Original Story: Boxing Scene