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Parker Explains Why He Beat Andy Ruiz and Joshua Did Not

Joseph Parker is the only man to defeat Andy Ruiz, who currently holds the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles.

Parker won a razor close twelve round decision over Ruiz for the vacant WBO world title in December 2017.

But then a few months later, Parker lost his title and a twelve round decision to Anthony Joshua. Parker is still the only boxer to go the full twelve rounds with Joshua.

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But then earlier this month, Ruiz stopped Joshua in the seventh round to capture the four belts, in a massive upset at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In the bout, Ruiz dropped Joshua four times before the contest was waved off.

Parker explained why he was able to beat Ruiz and Joshua was not.

"I think the movement that I presented in that fight caused him [Ruiz Jr] a lot of trouble, and caused him to miss a lot of shots. A lot of the shots, there wasn't really any big flush shots that landed. A lot of them were grazing shots and a lot of them were shots that I was able to maneuver and move back with them. Even though they were hitting me, it wasn't getting the same impact as it was on Joshua," Parker said to Sky Sports.

"AJ's style, when we see him fighting, he moves back, but a lot of the fights, he likes to come forward. I guess this is sort of a first experience of fighting someone who just continuously puts pressure on.

"AJ threw nice shots and connected with Andy, but Andy is a fighter who takes two to three punches to throw three, four, five, six back. I guess I'm able to move, because I'm a little bit smaller. With AJ's size, it might have been a bit hard for him to move around and jump around with all that muscle that he has."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JimmyValmer on 12-07-2019

War Parker ! He beat Ruiz 115-113 in the first fight. Only a Whyte headbutt can damge his chin

Comment by Califire209 on 06-28-2019

[QUOTE=pollywog;19853133]You're right about Andy. Bro has sneakey power from good torque at the hips, planted feet and a whole lot of momentum from the excess mass on his barrel chest and arms. He's got great stamina and heart with an…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 06-27-2019

[QUOTE=Tyrone WBCfan;19856743]Chin is the main real difference. Those flurries that knocked AJ bandy? Ruiz landed them on Parker too but all they did was get parkers attention I been repping for AJ for a long time but you have to…

Comment by New England on 06-25-2019

[QUOTE=Crushinator;19856713]footwork skill and speed. parker used the space of the ring, circled, AJ just kept backing up to the ropes[/QUOTE] also another good poiint. joshua needs to learn how to take the middle of the ring. best way to to…

Comment by New England on 06-25-2019

[QUOTE=Jkp;19856518]Parker's had much better experience, and improved a lot more than Ruiz has[/QUOTE] don't discount being in shape. ruiz had put on close to 10 lbs in the year leading up to the parker fight. and trust me when i…

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