Wilder: ‘Ruiz Has Joshua’s Number’
For years there have been talks of a Deontay Wilder v. Anthony Joshua bout. When Andy Ruiz Jr. knocked Joshua out back in June, however, everything changed. Now, Joshua and Ruiz will be fighting in Saudi Arabia to determine who the true heavyweight king is.
Speaking to Business Insider, Wilder (42-0-1) doesn’t see this as an easy rebound fight for Joshua (22-1). In fact, he believes Ruiz (33-1) has an all-around competitive edge.
“I really do think he has his number,” Wilder stated.
A knockout artist himself, Wilder has 41 wins via KO. He recently knocked out Luis Ortiz in a rematch of their 2018 bout. His punches aren’t “lucky”, something Joshua believes Ruiz hit him with back inside Madison Square Garden. Wilder doesn’t believe Joshua’s statements, especially after viewing the fight.
“There’s no way [Ruiz Jr.] can be a lucky puncher,” he said. “This man landed multiple times, that’s a lot of lucky punches.”
Getting knocked down three times last time out, Joshua is looking to change the narrative. He is the betting favorite once again in the bout, this time in a place with no true home-field advantage. Joshua thinks that history won’t repeat itself. Wilder, on the other hand, sees a fire and power in Ruiz that can’t be denied.
“I’m telling you, from a fighter’s point of view, when you’re knocking a guy down like that multiple times, you know what to expect and know what to do the second time,” Wilder stated. “Try and do the same thing you did the first time, the second time. You’ve figured out his weaknesses.”