Close to two years after suffering massive defeat in the hands of Nigeria born British Pugulist Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr is still singing lamentation song.
The Mexican confessed that the defeat is still a regular source of migraine.
“Losing [in] my last fight against Anthony Joshua, it was devastating, you know?,” Ruiz said. “Because I did not do the things that I was supposed to do. And I look back right now, and I’m like, ‘Damn, man, if I would’ve stayed dedicated, if I would’ve stayed disciplined and do the right things that I was supposed to do.’ And that was the most important fight of my life, [in] the rematch against Anthony Joshua.
But now, it’s totally different. Now I got my mind right. You know, I got a great trainer. So, we’re just ready for May 1st. But like I said, of course I was really disappointed because I knew the ability that I had to stay champion.”
Ruiz believe a combination of lavish living coupled with poor preparation was like shooting himself on the leg going into the battle of Saudi Arabia in 2019 against eventual champion Anthony Joshua.
A rotund Ruiz came in at 283½ pounds for their second fight, 15½ pounds more than he weighed for their first fight, and the former heavyweight champion performed accordingly.
Joshua, whom Ruiz stunningly stopped in the seventh round of their June 2019 fight at Madison Square Garden, thoroughly out-boxed Ruiz in their 12-round rematch. The British superstar won a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-110, 118-110) and regained his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts from Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Ruiz hopes he can fight his way back into position to fight for a heavyweight championship again. His comeback will begin more modestly May 1, when Ruiz (33-2, 22 KOs), of Imperial, California, and Arreola (38-6-1, 33 KOs, 2 NC), of Riverside, California, will slug it out. While Ruiz is eyeing his May 1st encounter Joshua Anthon continues to shape up ahead of his showdown against Tyson Fury. The bout has become a yoyo with no venue and no date in sight.