World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman believes a lot of opportunists rained down on Andy Ruiz, who the Mexican heavyweight shocked the world in June by stopping Anthony Joshua for the WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO world titles.
Last Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, Joshua got revenge when he outboxed Ruiz over twelve rounds to reclaim his world titles.
Ruiz was in poor physical condition for the fight, after weighing 283-pounds at the official weigh-in.
After the fight, Ruiz admitted that he partied for three months and started training camp very late - because he expected Joshua to get stopped again.
On the other end, Joshua was in the best shape of his career and executed his game plan to perfection.
Ruiz would like to secure a trilogy fight, but it's not likely to happen - at least any time soon - given the one-sided nature of the rematch and the numerous mandatory obligations that Joshua has to contender with.
"He was a victim of the circumstances. He gave a big surprise with the worldwide impact [of his victory] in June and unfortunately he could not carry out an adequate, dignified, respectful preparation, for the sport and for himself, in this rematch, and the result was evident," Sulaiman said.
"But that's the way it is boxing. It is a difficult situation to blame the human being who had nothing and suddenly becomes a millionaire, a celebrity; a series of opportunists arrived and took him away from the normal plan, which was to prepare for the fight, and unfortunately this was the result; I wish him good luck and hopefully this will serve as a lesson. I hope he finds his new life in the gym or just lives with the memory of what he achieved."