Last Saturday Andy Ruiz Jr. was outboxed over twelve rounds, with Anthony Joshua reclaiming the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia. Ruiz shocked the world when he dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage in New York City in June. But now Joshua was smarter and tactical than earlier and won with unanimous decision in Saudi-Arabia. After the fight Ruiz said in press-conference that he should have trained harder. Ruiz admitted that he was overweight and didn’t listen his coaches, his father.
“I should have trained harder, and I looked passed him. I thought it was going to be the same thing as on June 1st. We did work on some things, but me being a lot heavier, I didn’t perform at my best. There’s a lot of things they were telling me, and I think the fame got to me. There was always tomorrow, tomorrow. I should have taken this fight more seriously. Three months of partying and celebrating affected me.”
“I’m happy I’m the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world, I got to learn from my mistakes, and bounce back. I’ve had so many rollercoasters in my life, and this is one of them. I’m going to bounce back. We’re going to work on that. I won one, and he won one, and we are going to make a trilogy,” said Ruiz.
His father, Ruiz Sr. said that Andy didn’t train enough. He enjoyed his new life, and his money, bought a Rolls Royce and more houses.
“Andy thought he was going to do good in the weight in the fight. I told him a month ago that ‘you’re not going to do good at the weight. It’s going to be too hard, because you’re going to be tired, and you’re not going to have the movement. You have to lose the weight. He lost the weight about a month ago.’ He came overweight, that was the problem. It was too much weight for his body. He was almost 290-something.
There was no way he was going to do something good, so now he’s learned his lesson. The last time he fought, he was at 268, and he felt comfortable. I told him, ‘You have to lose weight,’ but at that time, we didn’t have enough time to lose weight. He was not listening because of the fame. He was with a Rolls Royce, he was with his friends, he was throwing parties, and not listening to the camp.” – said Andy Ruiz Sr. to Boxing Social.
Ruiz wants a third fight with Joshua but AJ needs defense his WBO belt against Usyk and IBF belt against Pulev.
(Sources: Boxing Social, BoxingNews24)