Life has changed dramatically for Andy Ruiz Jr since he pulled off a seventh-round finish of Anthony Joshua last week to claim the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in one of heavyweight boxing’s biggest upsets.
Ruiz has been making the rounds across media, from interviews with various boxing media to appearances on programs like Jimmy Kimmel Live, to discuss the upset.
Ruiz was knocked down in the third round, the first time he has ever touched the canvas in his professional career. But he got back up to know Joshua down twice in the same round. Ruiz then dropped Joshua twice in the seventh to score the win.
“It’s kinda like a little numb part where you’re on the floor, your eyes close, you wake up like ‘What the hell, I’m on the floor,'” Joshua told Fight Hub TV. “But I felt good, I got up. I got up good, I took a breather and I was just thinking ‘Come on, God, give me power. Please, God!’ That’s what I was saying when I got knocked down and what do you know,
“Anthony comes at me trying to finish me off. I moved and got him with the left hook and ever since I got him with that left hook it hasn’t changed — he didn’t change.”
Ruiz added that he felt the referee stopping the fight, despite Joshua verbally saying he could continue.
I think I would’ve knocked him out in a dramatic other way. But, you know, the ref does his job but I did my job, for sure.
Joshua and his team have already exercised the rematch clause and the current plan right now is for a second title fight in either November or December. They hope to have the fight take place in Joshua’s home territory, the United Kingdom, but Ruiz says it would have to take quite a payday for him to be willing to have it outside the U.S. or Mexico.
Regardless, he feels confident he’ll be able to handle Joshua again in the rematch.
I would love it to be here in the United States or in Mexico, you know. But, hey, it all depends on the team and what we negotiate. You know, if they want me to go over there they have to give me $50 million dollars. If they wanna come over there, you know — it’s just negotiations.
“We all have improvements to make and we always learn as boxers, we always have stuff to learn,” Ruiz said. “And I think if we do the rematch he’s gonna be a little bit more cautious. I think he’s gonna try to box me around [the ring] but Anthony’s not good moving back, moving around. But if we both exchange punches I’m easily gonna — I have the faster hands and I can take a punch.”
Quotes via Bad Left Hook