Andy Ruiz Jr. puts his belts in play against English boxer Anthony Joshua this Saturday, December 7 in Saudi Arabia to prove he is not the hero of a night. Six months ago, he had beaten the British man to everyone's surprise.
He is a Mexican immigrant son who will star in the most anticipated fight of the year in Saudi Arabia. The event, nicknamed the "clash on the dunes" will take place in Diriyah in a 15,000-seat compound, built in two months on the edge of Riyadh. Andy Ruiz Jr., 30, will once again try to put down Anthony Joshua, six months after the surprise defeat of the Englishman in New York.
On June 1, Anthony Joshua , who was playing his first fight in the US at Madison Square Garden to become World Heavyweight Champion WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO, was going to experience humiliation. To everyone's surprise, he lost his first professional loss after 22 wins (for 21 knockouts). Andy Ruiz Jr. will put his belts in play for revenge.
Andy Ruiz Jr., big belly and tattoos
Andy Ruiz Jr., a boxer from the age of 6, took advantage of Jarrell Miller's withdrawal after two positive doping tests to report to Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, who needed a replacement. In an Instagram post, Andy Ruiz Jr. wrote: " I will fight harder than any of the names you mentioned. I will give you a better fight and I will beat Anthony Joshua . "
The case is concluded especially as no one jostles to the gates to confront Anthony Joshua. With his big belly and tattoos on the chest, Andy Ruiz Jr. was far from having the physique to dethrone the British bodybuilder.
"Fat Andy", his nickname at school, was supposed to take a beating against English golgoth! Joshua, the new boss of the heavyweights, who had notably dropped Wladimir Klitschko, fell very high against this weighty heavyweight but the punishing punch. The conquest of America was a logical extension of the British man's career, as he was used to moving crowds to the UK like when he had filled Wembley Stadium.
Anthony Joshua still among the elite?
" It's going to be a nice revenge. We will know if it was an accident or if Anthony Joshua is still part of the elite of heavyweight boxing , "says the former French boxer and Olympic champion Brahim Asloum, joined by RFI.
He adds: " Anthony Joshua remembered this affront and it will make him better. He had to question everything, take some rest and he will come back stronger. For Andy Ruiz Jr, it's double-edged. His life has changed! Can he be content with that, or does he want to show that this is only the beginning of his career . The fight against Joshua was like a bombshell in the boxing world.
" This sport saved my life ," said Andy Ruiz Jr after his victory over Joshua. Life is hard in my small town on the border of Mexico. There are a lot of drug trafficking, gangs, cartels. Boxing kept me out of the way . "After his fight, Andy Ruiz Jr. would have made $ 7 million.
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Boxer, the only thing possible for Andy Ruiz Jr.
The "Mexican Rocky", as his father now calls him, will face a humble Joshua. " When I regain these belts, I will stay cool, focused and I will keep this challenger mentality for next time, " said the Brit.
Andy Ruiz Jr., professional in 2009, 20 years, 33 wins for 1 defeat, has raised the pressure before the big reunion. " I have to finish his career ," he said on Sky Sports' Sports Gloves Are Off. It's him or me . Adding, " I will not be content with 15 minutes of glory. I want it to last. I want to be a champion for many more years. I will win here the same way I won on June 1st. "Not to mention that boxer is the only thing he can do" apart from building houses "with his father," in the sun ", and he has no desire to" type this shit ".