Issue | Opinion | Premium | Sep 10 2019

Andy Ruiz: I wasn’t playing the nice guy – I am a nice guy

But in the ring I will try and rip Joshua’s face off, declares Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz
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NOBODY will be holding my belts, particularly not Anthony Joshua.

When he let me hold his belts before the first fight, looking back, it was a strange moment. But I kind of appreciated that he let me hold them. I don’t agree with superstitious people who say, ‘If Joshua hadn’t let him hold the belts he would have won’. I beat him fair and square. The fights are won inside the gym and I was really hungry for that fight and I still am now.

I wasn’t playing at being the nice guy in the build-up. They were not tactics. That’s just the guy I am. To this day I’m still the nice guy, I still respect Joshua and I’m a big fan of what he did in boxing. He has been a champion since his 16th fight.

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