Ruiz Unsure If Lighter AJ Can Take His Punches

Just over a week away from their battle for the unified world heavyweight championship, Andy Ruiz Jr wonders if a lighter Anthony Joshua will be a weaker Anthony Joshua.

“I saw videos where he looked slimmer. I don’t know if that’s an advantage or a disadvantage,” Ruiz said to Sky Sports.

“I don’t know if he will take the punches as well as he did when he weighed more.”

Ruiz has also decided to be stricter in his training, especially in his diet, which has caused many to think he will lose his punching power.

“Me? People are saying I lost too much weight, I won’t be strong, he will move me around. I am losing eight pounds from what I weighed on June 1,” Ruiz claimed. “I’ll still be the same, I’ll still be strong.”

“AJ has always been in shape. He has always looked really good, really cut up.”

“It’s interesting that the weight is spoken about a lot,” Joshua mused to Sky Sports. “You don’t make weight, as a heavyweight, then focus on training. You focus on training, feel good at whatever weight, then work around that. I have focused on my boxing aspect. Provided I’m feeling good, the weight will be whatever it is.

“I don’t have a target which means I’m ready. I’ve got to perform in a certain way in the gym then when the boxes have been ticked, the weight will be whatever the weight will be.”

Report: MMA Fighting

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