News | Jun 23 2019

Ruiz Jnr vows to lose weight ahead of Joshua rematch but expects same result

Andy Ruiz Jnr promises to be even better when the time comes to rematch Anthony Joshua in defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz
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ANDY RUIZ JNR, the new WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion, has warned Anthony Joshua to get ready for more of the same when the pair share a ring for a second time later this year, though admits he might be half the man he used to be.

Mexico’s first heavyweight champion was criticised for his shape ahead of the first Joshua fight on June 1 in New York, tipping the scales at 268 pounds, and Ruiz himself admits it wasn’t an ideal weight. Some called him unfit and unprofessional. Others said he didn’t care.

Even so, despite the extra mass, Ruiz had the last laugh when dropping Joshua multiple times and eventually halting him in the sixth round.