Ruiz Not Concerned With Talk of Joshua Battering Sparring Partners

Andy Ruiz. greeted the royal family, media and fans at a huge grand arrival ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ahead of his rematch this Saturday with Anthony Joshua.

In June, Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the U.S. debut of then-undefeated heavyweight kingpin Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs), leaving New York as the  unified IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO world heavyweight champion.

The upset is considered one of the largest upsets in heavyweight boxing history, drawing comparisons to other historic heavyweight upsets such as Buster Douglas’ shocking victory over Mike Tyson and Hasim Rahman’s knockout win over Lennox Lewis.

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Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 will be streamed exclusively on DAZN in the United States, an don pay-per-view in the UK by Sky Sports.

The full main card features four heavyweight fights including the much-anticipated world championship main event. Opening the card is Filip Hrgovic (9-0, 7 KOs) against Eric Molina (27-5, 19 KOs) followed by Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) against Mariusz Wach (35-5, 19 KOs). In the evening’s chief support bout, Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) will square off against Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KOs).

“This is a beautiful country and I am really excited to be here. I never imagined being here defending these titles. This is an amazing feeling," Ruiz said.

“We are enjoying life, we are enjoying what comes with this. But we are working hard and ready for Saturday’s fight. We had a longer camp than we did for June 1 and I feel good.”

Regarding the rumors of Joshua looking impressive in sparring, Ruiz is not concerned with any of that talk and believes it will make no difference in the ring.

 “Well, I am not a sparring partner. I am the heavyweight champion of the world. That’s the difference. They can say whatever they want but when you get in that ring, it’s a different thing," Ruiz said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by IRONCHINHAGLER on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Jkp;20227392]Great effort from AJ, amazing standing up ability. He only stood up so he could get over to the corner and hide and get away from the chubby mexican. Lets hope he doesnt quit this time, and leaves on a…

Comment by Jkp on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;20226833]ever see Buster Douglas against Holyfield?...Duran-Leonard 2? Didn’t even bother getting least Aj got up from knockdowns each time[/QUOTE] Great effort from AJ, amazing standing up ability. He only stood up so he could get over to the corner…

Comment by IceTrayDaGang on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=giant_king;20226251]Will see if this guy was just plain lucky or the real deal soon.[/QUOTE] he won by stoppage, not by a robbery decision, etc. this aint a fluke. if he lose in the rematch then that just means aj was…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=IRONCHINHAGLER;20226833]ever see Buster Douglas against Holyfield?...Duran-Leonard 2? Didn’t even bother getting least Aj got up from knockdowns each time[/QUOTE] That guy is just a troll, you learn to ignore him after a while.

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Digital Mouth;20226519]Never mind the first knock down when Ruiz went down what about the 2nd shot AJ hit him with flush in the face and Ruiz didn't even wobble. If that's the kind power Ruiz can handle AJ has no…

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