Warren Feels Joshua Shouldn’t Do Rematch
Add Frank Warren, co-promoter of heavyweight rival Tyson Fury, to the list of boxing members who don’t want Anthony Joshua to do an immediate rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz shocked the world on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, where he knocked down Joshua four times en route to a stoppage, ending Joshua’s undefeated record and winning the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO championships.
A rematch is slated for either November or December, but Warren feels it would be better for Joshua’s mind and body, as well as his superstar status, if he didn’t jump right back into the ring with Ruiz.
“Joshua’s had his loss, he’s had his ass whooped. Should he even be going back into a rematch?” Warren said. “Maybe he should take some time out. Recuperate and make some dramatic decisions about his team,” Warren said. “I’d be seriously thinking about saying no to the rematch, because I don’t know if mentally Joshua can be right for it.”
Warren adds that he feels Joshua needs a change of trainer, and that the way Joshua was built up is why he feels Joshua’s image has been shattered in the wake of this loss.
“Barry Hearn calls boxing a business, but it’s only a business because of what he does in the ring,” Warren said. “If you don’t win, then you’ve got to look at your team and ask them to justify what they do. I’d want my fighter to be pissed off about a defeat. He seemed to me like a weight had been lifted. Joshua’s guard is just too low. I’ve said it so many times, we know his vulnerabilities. We’re watching his fights all the time. The strengths are obvious and it’s the weaknesses you look for. Joshua is too easy to hit. I don’t think Rob McCracken has taught him anything about defense.
“Joshua clicked with the British public. Joshua is clearly very deliberate in all his moves, but he’s had a few breaks in this sport. He had favorable judging at the London Olympics and then he got to fight Charles Martin, the worst heavyweight champion ever in my opinion, for a world title. And he only got that opportunity because Fury vacated his titles.”
Last week, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who also promotes Fury, said he feels the chance Joshua vs. Fury ever takes place is slim to none because of Joshua’s defeat. But Warren isn’t all doom and gloom about it, so long as Joshua wins the rematch.
“I think it all depends on the rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr,” Warren said. “Ruiz has taken Joshua’s place at the heavyweight table. No matter what anybody says about the value of Joshua, I don’t know what he brings to the table anymore.”
Original Story: Metro