The American-Mexican unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz snatched the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in his last bout by TKO in a surprising victory against heavily-favoured unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June this year.
The victory made him a superstar overnight as he made history by serving Joshua his first defeat in his professional career. He became the first boxer from Mexican heritage to hold a world heavyweight title. The rematch scheduled between both boxing superstars is scheduled for December 7 in Saudi Arabia. 'The Destroyer' will defend his titles for the first time and Joshua shall have the opportunity to get revenge.
Not many predicted that Andy Ruiz might win against Anthony Joshua but he knocked out the British boxer in the seventh round after four knockdowns in total. It is always hard to predict what could happen in the boxing but you can browse the latest boxing odds if you are betting your money on it.
Many post-fight reports and boxing analysts said his win over Joshua was just a fluke, but he has always said that he is ready to meet and beat the British boxer in the ring. He is very confident that he will beat AJ again in their rematch, having only been given a month's notice after Jarrell Miller was withdrawn for failed drug tests, and he revealed the next targets he wants after his victory again in December.
With a full training camp behind him, Ruiz is adamant he beats AJ again and is even looking ahead to future fights, most notably with fellow countryman Deontay Wilder to add the final piece of the puzzle - the WBC belt - to become undisputed.
Andy's father, Ruiz Sr, said, "In addition to Joshua, there are many opponents for him. There is Wilder and also there is Tyson Fury, a fight with him would also interest us. As I said, the main objective is to conquer all the titles and we only need one more. We already won three belts that night in a fight where nobody had faith is us, only those of us who were part of the team knew that we could win, we always had confidence in taking the titles. Now we want Wilder’s, we’re going to destroy him, you’re going to see. We just need that one."
It’s clear that if he wins the rematch in December again then he will be eyed by many of the top boxers in the world but he said he is interested to fight Deontay Wilder. He has also shown interest in another unbeaten British boxer Tyson Fury. He said he is a good friend with Wilder, they both are signed by Al Hayman, and they are part of the same stable, but he would love to fight Wilder next year. If he doesn’t get him, he wants Fury in the ring.
Both outspoken characters have tussled already, outside of the ring, on social media.
Andy Ruiz Jr shared his thoughts on Tyson Fury’s win over Otto Wallin with reference to a previous statement made by the lineal champ.
The Gypsy King recently claimed on Mike Tyson’s podcast that he could: “Tie one hand behind my back and beat him with either one. I’d jab his nut right off. That would be the easiest fight ever.”
Anthony Joshua’s conqueror responded, "After that performance there's no way he beats me with a hand tied behind his back!"
But before all this, he is currently focused on his fight in the first week of December, stating firmly that he needs to win his upcoming match against Joshua and next year’s plan depends on this fight.
His opponent has no plan of retiring even if he loses in the rematch. The former heavyweight champion is training hard and he is sure about getting his redemption and titles back from Andy, who he says only has until December 7th to be champ.
When asked if he would retire he faces defeat in December, he said he is not going to retire from boxing anyway. “I want to fight another five to 10 years, so there are no plans of retirement yet,” he said to Sky Sports’ Adam Smith.
Both the boxers had met for a face-off while a media tour press conference on September 6 ahead of their rematch on December 7. Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Anthony Joshua 2 is named “Clash On The Dunes” and will be held at Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in the line. The PPV of the match will be available on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and Ireland.