WHEN it was announced at the beginning of May that Andy Ruiz Jnr would be stepping in as Jarrell Miller’s replacement to challenge world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, a video interview was posted online by Matchroom Boxing, who are promoting the contest.
During the footage, which showed Ruiz discussing his June 1 date with Joshua in New York, the Mexican-American branded his upcoming rival as “a robot”. This didn’t go down too well with the WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder.
“I heard him say that! I’m going to smack him up now!” Joshua chuckled. “It’s like in the [Alexander] Povetkin fight [in September last year]. When he hit me, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to f**k you up now.’ Because he didn’t speak English, he didn’t trash-talk too much before the fight, so I respected him. But when you’re in there, you take the fight as it comes.