Andy Ruiz Identifies In Anthony Joshua “Weaknesses” To Exploit On June 1
Andy Ruiz Jr will take on unified heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, who defends his IBO, WBO and WBA titles at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The ones beaten Ruiz, believes he can see loop holes and weaknesses in Joshua’s game and will be out to exploit them when both face their world heavyweight title fight.
Ruiz says he has no ill feeling against Joshua right now but will definitely erase all the respect in order to take care of business in the ring and will be out going for a win or knockout.
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“There are weaknesses,” Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports . “He is the best right now because he has the belts. But the guys he has fought? I’ve sparred with them and they wouldn’t want to fight with me.
“AJ has a style which will make me look impressive. Yes, he’s strong and big. But my style will take away his advantages.
“This is business. I have nothing bad to say about AJ. I am the challenger and he is the champion.
“There is respect between me and him – but inside the ring there will be no respect and I will try to win and knock him out.”
Ruiz, who has just been defeated ones in 33 fights analysed the different opponents Joshua has faced recently and believes he can perform better than all of them.
Anthony Joshua will be going into the eighht world title Fight of his professional career and is seen as a clear favorite to retain the titles against the Mexican but this doesn’t Ruiz, who claims he has built his career behind the Underdog status.
“Carlos Takam, Dillian Whyte? I thought: ‘I can do a lot better than those guys’ Ruiz said.
“I’m an exciting fighter. People look at me and say: ‘he’s slow, he will get tired’. But I’m a combination fighter.
“I move, I throw punches, I go in to knock out my opponents.
“Everybody that fights Joshua has fought scared – they move around and try not to get hit. But I’m not scared of getting hit. I’m here to get hit, and hit back.
“People like watching me fight because I’m not scared and I bring a fight.”
Andy Ruiz Jr defeated Alexander Dimitrenko on April 20 and immediately picked up the opportunity to face Joshua as Jarrell Miller’s replacement, after the later failed a drug test and was denied a license for the fight.
Ruiz however, sent a warning to Anthony Joshua reminding him of his profile and what he brings to the ring , also encouraging the Brit not to overlook him because of his stature and size.
“I’ve never been knocked out. I’m still young, 29, I’ve never been hurt and I’ve never been in a big war. This is the hardest fight of my career but I know I will pull off an upset.
“I believe in my heart that we can win, and we are going to win. It will be one of the biggest upsets in the world. I can be the first one to stop him.
“In America, you have to have a dream, and have the heart to pursue it. I am a family man and a nice guy but, inside the ring, I am an animal.
“AJ, get ready, get prepared. Don’t underestimate or overlook me. I know I’m chubby and short but I’m as fast as lightning!”