Former Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World Andy Ruiz Jr is one win even with his longtime rival Anthony Joshua and no matter what happens between Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch next month, Ruiz insists on taking on Joshua for a trilogy.
I should have had one more opportunity to get back those belts: Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz, who is set to return against Luis Ortiz on the 4th of September, shocked the boxing world back in June 2019 when he defeated Anthony Joshua to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight belts. However, the rematch was a polar opposite affair as AJ regained his belts against a much lackluster performing Ruiz.
Following the Joshua rematch, Ruiz took a long hiatus away from the ring and returned to winning ways against Chris Arreola in May last year. Joshua, on the other hand, defended the unified titles against Kubrat Pulev in 2020 December, only to lose them once again to Usyk in September last year. Now, Joshua will be facing the Ukrainian for a second time on 20th August in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“I think it could go either way,” Ruiz told iD Boxing about his prediction of Usyk vs Joshua 2, “I know Anthony Joshua has a new trainer in Robert Garcia, he’s over there trying to show him the Mexican style to be aggressive, throw a lot of punches, to be first, to come at him.”
“But Usyk is an awkward fighter, he’s an awkward lefty fighter, it’s why we picked a lefty as well in case we have to go through Usyk,” the 32-year-old went on, “Even in sparring it’s a little tricky but we adjust to it, I’m pretty sure if Anthony Joshua has been sparring a lot, because that’s exactly what helps us and having different styles in there, he can adjust.”
In the meantime, “The Destroyer” revealed that the idea of a trilogy has not fetched away from his mind and he wants a third encounter with the Briton, no matter what happens against Usyk next month, nor the result of his outing against Ortiz should affect that.
“Of course, that’s something we should have done,” he opined, “Once he beat me over there, there should have been a trilogy. I should have had one more opportunity to get back those belts just like we gave him the opportunity with the rematch.”
“Things happen, he lost again to Usyk and the best man wins. Of course, there has to be a trilogy. Even if he loses or wins, or if I lose or win, there has to be a trilogy some day and some how,” Ruiz added. [H/T The Sun]