Editor's letter | Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Dec 10 2019

The warning that Andy Ruiz serves

What other heavyweight champions need to learn from the reign of Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz
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WHEN Anthony Joshua regained his belts from Andy Ruiz Jnr on Saturday night, he noticed a couple of things were missing. The eagle on the IBF strap had lost half a wing, and one of the plates on the WBO belt had fallen out. Ruiz, it seemed, hadn’t taken care of the championships the way a champion should.

That’s a true story, by the way, not some manufactured tale to aid this column.

I was shown the broken belts on Sunday night, atop Riyadh’s Al Faisaliyah Centre, while Joshua addressed the media following his victory. But I must admit, it does fit the theme perfectly.


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