Tyson Fury: Ruiz’s Win Defied Everything
Tyson Fury was happy to see Andy Ruiz pull off the upset over Anthony Joshua, but it was more than just about seeing a heavyweight rival of his in Joshua get stopped.
In a recent interview with CNN, Fury described the pleasure he felt in watching Ruiz pull off the major upset on June 1. Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round of their fight to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles and hand Joshua the first loss of his professional career.
Considering Ruiz took the bout on short notice, and his size and body type when compared to Joshua, many quickly dismissed Ruiz, with eyes focused on a long-awaited Joshua-Wilder undisputed title fight in 2020.
Fury, however, did warn before the fight that Ruiz should not be written off so quickly, and he was happy to see one of boxing’s biggest heavyweight upsets.
“I was delighted for the smaller fat kid. Everybody has to go with the underdog,” Fury said. “You see a big giant ripped in muscles and everyone expects the other guy to get knocked out in a round or two. I didn’t because I knew how good Ruiz is.”
While Joshua and Fury have never knowingly participated in true negotiations, they have traded verbal jabs, with Fury expressing how he easily he would beat Joshua if the two ever clashed. In fact, Fury has stated that after his loss to Ruiz, Joshua might want to go into hiding.
“I’m happy that [Ruiz is] a fat guy. We’re both fat,” Fury said. “He’s an inspiration for all fat people out there. Everyone has always been told you need to be in shape, you need to be looking good, you need to have a great body. He’s [Ruiz] just defied everything, the laws of ethics, because he came and he wasn’t in great shape, he didn’t look like a fighter and he knocked out this guy [who] looked like an Adonis.
Styles do make fights and if he [Joshua] could have done anything he’d have done it there and then that other night. AJ didn’t just get knocked out fluky, he got beaten up first and then knocked out.
Fury returns to the ring next week, when he takes on Tom Schwarz in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be Fury’s first fight under the banner since signing a co-promotional deal earlier this year.
Fury and WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, another rival to Joshua and stablemate of Ruiz, are scheduled to have a rematch of their classic, yet controversial, December 2018 title fight draw sometime in early 2020.
Original Story: Boxing Scene