Ruiz refuses to entertain Fury’s “bum” attack

Anthony Joshua
Andy Ruiz Jnr responds to criticism the same way he responded to Anthony Joshua's third-round knockdown on June 1 - with class

THEY can goad him all they want but for as long as Andy Ruiz Jnr remains in possession of three of the four world heavyweight titles (WBA, IBF and WBO) it is he who will have the last laugh.

Laughter is seemingly the tool Ruiz will use to deal with the criticism of Tyson Fury, the self-proclaimed lineal champion who this week labelled him a “bum”, whereas quiet confidence will again fuel the Mexican-American when it comes to rematching former champion Anthony Joshua later this year.

Asked about Fury’s recent comments, centring on a belief Ruiz and Joshua are “bums fighting each other”, Ruiz told K.O. Artist Sports: “Yeah, Andy Ruiz is a bum, everyone’s a bum. I’m still a fan of the guy (Fury). I don’t know if people want me to talk bad about him, but that’s not the type of guy that I am.

“As long as he does what he has to do, I salute Tyson Fury. And Wilder, too, you know, because it takes a lot for us big guys risking our lives inside the ring to take care of our families.

“I’m not the type of guy to talk outside of the ring. But inside the ring, I’ll be doing all the talking for sure.”

To his credit, respectful Ruiz is the only one of the leading heavyweights who has this year taken a risk. Fury and Wilder, of course, chose to go their separate ways following a thrilling December rematch – beating Tom Schwarz and Dominic Breazeale respectively – and Joshua ignored the possibility of fighting Wilder, or even British rival Dillian Whyte, in favour of making his American debut in June.

Ruiz, though, when receiving the call to fill in for the caught-out Jarrell Miller, didn’t need to be asked twice.

‘First I want to focus on the rematch,” he said. “Joshua was overlooking me and saying, ‘After I beat Andy I’m going to fight Wilder,’ and this and that, instead of being focused on me.

“I think that’s what I want to do right now. I just need to focus on the rematch. I don’t care who I’m going to fight next after I win, the main thing right now is just to fight Anthony Joshua and beat him.”

That’s the thing with big upsets in boxing. Until the win is repeated in the rematch, some will forever deem it a fluke. It’s unfair, perhaps, but always the way.

It’s why, for Andy Ruiz Jnr, a return with Anthony Joshua is essential and all about proving the naysayers wrong – again.

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  • If you look at the history of heavyweight upsets the guys that shock the world normally follow an infamous trend of not being able to maintain any success afterwards.Buster Douglas created the upset of all upsets against Tyson but couldn’t keep out of the buffet lines afterwards or keep up his focus,losing the titles in his very first defence against holyfield.
    McCall and rahman both won the title against all the odds with one punch knockouts but never sustained anything close to their moment in the sun again, losing to Lewis comprehensively in rematches.Ruiz’s story however is a different one.Andy hasn’t shown the kind of white flag waving Douglas showed in fights against Tony Tucker and Holyfield and seems far more mentally prepared for life as a defending champion approaching a future rematch.
    Andy also didn’t throw one shot out of the blue to stamp his name in history.He ground down,outlasted and broke the heart of the champion in front of him so no one can point to a lucky swing or a freak cut to discredit him.Ruiz maybe the most unlikely looking heavyweight champion we’ve ever seen but he’s probably the strongest candidate in years to buck the trend of failing to build on his success and show the world lightning can definately strike twice for a change.


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