By Miguel Rivera
Andy Ruiz, the world heavyweight champion of the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO, is convinced that he will win the rematch over British superstar Anthony Joshua. The bout is slated for December 7, possibly in Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz wants to win at all costs, but he says the victory will be even better if it happens by knockout.
"I want to knock him out again," Ruiz told the EFE news agency.
Ruiz, 29-years-old, won the titles on June 1 by stoppage in the seventh round, after dropping Joshua four times in the bout.
"I feel good, ever since that night it's been the best moments of my life. Every day I wake up happy and right now I am confident in winning the rematch over Joshua," Ruiz said.
Earlier this year, Ruiz had few options. He parted ways with longtime promoter Top Rank and signed on with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions.
And then he grasped a massive opportunity, by taking the Joshua fight on late notice after original opponent Jarrell Miller was pulled from the fight after testing positive for a banned substance
"A lot of people didn't know that I was having a hard time because they were not giving me fights, I lost a house because I did not have money to pay the mortgage, I barely was able to cover my expenses. Everything changed from that knockout, thank God I can now help my family and now I don't fight to survive," Ruiz confessed.
Now, his perspective is another. He is focusing his attention on Joshua, and then wants to collide the champion of the World Boxing Council, Deontay Wilder.
"My dream is to have all the belts, to fight with Wilder is my dream. I'm missing the title of the World Boxing Council to become an undisputed champion. I would also like to face Kubrat Pulev, although for now the main thing is to beat Joshua," Ruiz said.