Ruiz Looking To Stay Champion For A Generation
After a Riddick Bowe like tour of the world, including a few trips to his native Mexico, unified world heavyweight champion of the world Andy Ruiz Jr touched down in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to announce his rematch with Anthony Joshua.
After enjoying the trappings of being the champion, a new house, new cars and jewelry, Ruiz Jr recognizes that he has to put in the work to keep it.
“The hunger still remains,” Ruiz said as he leads up to his December 7th fight with Joshua in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“You know, I don’t wanna be a 15 minute of fame. You know? I want it to last. I want to be a generation. I wanna be a champion for more years. I wanna challenge it and, you know, I have a good fighter right here next to me. He’s gonna try to take these belts, but like I said, God’s with me and we’re gonna be training really hard for December 7th.”
While Ruiz is in the nascent stages of his training camp, Joshua has been training for nearly the entire three month period that Ruiz has held the world titles.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Joshua said the loss will not define him as a fighter or as a person.
“A little blip should not change you as a person,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“You should stay consistent with who you are. I can become familiar with him. I know what I’m in for. I know what I’m capable of. I know what he’s capable of.
“I know some of the attributes he possesses, and some of the weaknesses,” having months to prepare and focus on Ruiz instead of weeks as he had in their first fight.
“I have to go about exposing him a little bit more. The first time I had him down [in the first fight], I could have been smarter. These little things you think about in your head. Now I meet him eye-to-eye again and, subconsciously, the clock is ticking and I start thinking more and more about the fight.”