Opinion | Dec 04 2019

Mind Games – How Andy Ruiz Jr is beating Anthony Joshua in the early psychological battle

Andy Ruiz Jr shows more than a hint of menace as he plays the nice guy again with Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia
Andy Ruiz Jr

SURELY Andy Ruiz Jr can’t get away with his harmless little boy act for much longer.

It worked a treat in New York when he merrily followed Anthony Joshua around before the then-heavyweight king lent him some belts to play with. Three days later – after lulling Joshua into an entirely false sense of security – Ruiz went ballistic and beat the bejesus out of the champion to score one of the unlikeliest victories in boxing’s long history.

Today, at the final press conference in Saudi Arabia ahead of their rematch, Ruiz again resembled a kid who was being allowed to stay up late on a school night. He grinned a lot. He acted all polite. But it was Ruiz’s attire – a New York Knicks vest – that hinted something a little more sinister might be at play.


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