Ruiz Jnr accuses Joshua’s team of rushing him back into the ring

‘They’re forcing him to go straight into the rematch’: Andy Ruiz Jnr accuses Anthony Joshua’s team of rushing British heavyweight back into the ring

  • Anthony Joshua faces Andy Ruiz Jnr in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December 
  • But Ruiz Jnr feels that the Briton’s team may have ‘forced’ him to fight so soon
  • Joshua was stunned in New York in June where he was beaten in seven rounds 

Anthony Joshua has been ‘forced’ into taking a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr, according to the Mexican fighter. 

Ruiz Jnr became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world when he produced a jaw-dropping performance inside Madison Square Garden on June 1 to inflict Joshua’s first ever professional defeat. 

Joshua was sent to the canvas four times before the bout was called off in the seventh round by the referee with the Briton having taken heavy punishment from the unfancied challenger.  

Anthony Joshua’s team have ‘forced’ him into taking a rematch, according to Andy Ruiz Jnr

The Mexican stunned the world of boxing when he dethroned Joshua in New York on June 1

And Ruiz Jnr, full of confidence with the title belts in his possession, told the Express that Joshua’s team are the reason he has opted to return to action so soon after his devastating defeat. 

Asked whether he truly believes Joshua wanted to take the rematch, which will happen on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, Ruiz Jnr said: ‘A little bit says yes [he does want it] and a little bit says they’re forcing him to go straight into the rematch. 

‘I think he wanted to do something a little different than face me. But it is what is is, we’re fighting in Saudi Arabia and I’m excited. Best man wins.’  

The unfancied Mexican took the British fighter’s belts as he made history for his home country

Ruiz Jnr will be taken as a far more serious candidate this time round having been written off ahead of their first meeting having taken the fight on short notice. 

But styles can make fights and the Mexican is confident he has the tools to trouble Joshua once more. 

‘Styles make fights. I’ve been calling AJ out since we got the fight, I knew his style was perfect for me and December 7 I plan to do the same thing,’ he added.

‘He was a champion from his 16th fight but I told him inside the ring, there’s no friends, no respect, we’re trying to rip each other’s faces off. His eyes are focused but deep inside we won’t really know. We all have doubts, everyone does, but it’s our choice to overcome them.’

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