Whyte Gives Strategy on How To Beat Ruiz
Dillian Whyte, who has been struggling to gain mandatory status to a heavyweight world championship, says he has an idea on how WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. can be beaten.
Ruiz shocked the world one month ago at New York’s Madison Square Garden, knocking the then-unbeaten Anthony Joshua down four times en route to a seventh-round TKO to become the new unified heavyweight champion. Joshua scored a knockdown in the third round, but ended up getting dropped twice by Ruiz in those same three minutes, producing not only an exciting, action-packed round, but also the turning point of the fight.
Whyte, meanwhile, will look to become a mandatory challenger to one of the four alphabet organization’s belts when he faces Oscar Rivas in the main event of a July 20 Matchroom Boxing card. Whyte has been on a journey to gain such status for over a year now, and he’s flipped on the WBC multiple times for not giving him it despite being their No. 1 ranked heavyweight contender for 600+ days. Recently, however, Whyte criticized the WBO for giving their mandatory challenger claim to Oleksandr Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who has yet to compete at heavyweight.
If he were to ever get a shot at Ruiz, Whyte feels he has the way to beat him.
“With Andy Ruiz, you’ve got to get the double jab going. Good speed, good double. You know he’s going to come forward and you need to be patient. Take your time and walk him onto the big punches,” Whyte told Sky Sports.
“You can’t just go out there and throw a big single against him, because he’s experienced, he’s had over 30 fights. He’ll see the big singles coming. You’ve got to set him up, back up a bit, use your range against him. Let him walk you down and clock him with a shot when he’s not expecting it. He only closed the distance quick against Joshua because Joshua tried to trade. Listen, you don’t go into a fight and start trading with someone shorter than you, with quick hands straight away like that. No, you’ve got to try and get yourself going, be a bit patient.
Ruiz and Joshua are slated to have a rematch in either November or December. When Joshua was champion, he faced criticisms for not finishing his opponents quickly, something WBC champ Deontay Wilder has been able to do against most of his challengers.
But Whyte says don’t knock Joshua for not trying, as he feels Joshua tries to do such and paid a price for it against Ruiz.
“You might not win the first one or two rounds. It’s Joshua’s thing, he always tries to win the first two or three rounds, and that’s his downfall. Patience is key. You start mixing it with him on your terms when you’re ready. Don’t let him force you to mix and that’s what Joshua did, Joshua started mixing with him too early.”
Original Story: Sky Sports