It’s safe to say that Andy Ruiz Jr is enjoying his victory lap.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Ruiz Jr, who stunned Anthony Joshua earlier this month in a huge upset to win the unified world heavyweight title, had some trash talk for Joshua in anticipation of their next meeting.
“The rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready,” he said, per BBC Sport. “I know his flaws. I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around, he’s not good at boxing.
“People thought I wasn’t going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight,” Ruiz Jr continued. “I don’t want to say all the things I am going to change. There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
Joshua, who was a perfect 22-0 before his loss to Ruiz Jr, had many of his weaknesses exposed during the Jun. 1 bout, particularly his chin and stamina.
The rematch clause between the two has already been triggered, meaning that Round 2 will definitely happen at some point. There has been some haggling over where the rematch might take place, but Ruiz Jr is clearly relishing the moment for now.
Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua are expected to face each other in a rematch of last weekend’s heavyweight fight at some point later this year. Joshua may want the rematch to be held in the UK, but Ruiz wants to be paid a premium for that.
Ruiz was interviewed by Fight Hub TV’s Marcos Villegas this week and was asked about the rematch. He said he wanted $50 million to go to the UK for the rematch.
“I would love it to be here in the United States or in Mexico,” Ruiz told Villegas. “But, hey, it all depends on what we negotiate. If they want me to go over there they have to give me $50 million. It they wanna come over here … it’s just negotiations.”
Joshua is from England and fought his first 22 matches in the UK. Saturday’s loss to Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York was his first time fighting outside the UK.
Joshua is the more well-known fighter between the two and considered the “A” side of the negotiations, which would give him the power to dictate terms, even though Ruiz is now the champion. He and his promotional team of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing may want to return to the UK for the rematch. DAZN, which has an exclusive contract with Joshua, is trying to get him to fight the rematch in New York. It sounds like Ruiz wants it to be somewhere in North America rather than Europe.
Ruiz, who was a replacement fighter, reportedly earned around $7 million for the fight. Joshua is said to have made about 3.5 times that.
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DAZN is pushing for the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua rematch to take place in New York just like the first fight, according to a report.
DAZN, a standalone subscription channel specializing in combat sports, aired Saturday’s fight between Ruiz and Joshua that saw a major upset as Joshua lost via 7th-round TKO in a stunner at Madison Square Garden. The fight marked Joshua’s first in the US as the British fighter’s previous 22 fights all took place in the UK.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said after the fight that he expected a rematch to take place in November or December probably in the UK, but DAZN officials met with Joshua this week to discuss doing the rematch in New York, according to boxing reporter Chris Mannix.
DAZN officials this week—including executive chairman John Skipper—met with Anthony Joshua to discuss bringing the rematch with Andy Ruiz back to New York. Likelihood is that the rematch takes place in the UK—but it will be Joshua’s call.
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) June 6, 2019
Joshua has built up a large following in the UK, but his debut in the US saw him get knocked down four times. Successfully breaking through in the United States is vital to being universally respected in the boxing world. Returning to the UK where he has the fan support and it’s more comfortable would signal to fans that he had to retreat and couldn’t handle the big stage. DAZN knows that and wants him to prove to US fans he’s not scared and that he is capable of a win. It’s better for the sport overall for him to win in New York rather than return to his bubble in the UK.
From Ricky Hatton to Prince Naseem Hamed, boxing is full of fighters who got hyped up in the UK and failed to deliver in the US. DAZN doesn’t want Joshua to fall in the same group. Joshua and Hearn shouldn’t want that either.
Stephen A. Smith had to backpedal after being called out by Andy Ruiz Jr. for his disrespect.
Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua on Saturday night at MSG in a stunning result, knocking the heavyweight champ down four times and securing a 7th-round TKO win.
After the fight, Smith tweeted that he was “disgusted” over the superfight fans craved between Joshua and Deontay Wilder now being ruined. In the process, he referred to Ruiz as “Butter Bean” and called him “some dude.” He was so unimpressed by Ruiz, he called the outcome “a damn disgrace.”
OMG! OMG! I cannot believe this S$&@$! Anthony Joshua — holder of 3 belts, gets TKO’d by Butter Bean…….I mean some dude named Andy Ruiz JR. What a damn disgrace. Joshua looked completely gassed! More fatigued than hurt! Now how in the Hell did you let that happen? How?
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 2, 2019
Ruiz Jr. tweeted back at Smith, encouraging him to study up on the sport so Smith would be more knowledgeable and realize Ruiz Jr. was more than just “some dude.”
@stephenasmith I encourage you to do your research before insulting my career. I know boxing isn’t your lane but if you are gonna talk about boxing please study and know what you are saying. https://t.co/xa4xSCZvBG
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) June 3, 2019
Smith then responded by saying he wasn’t insulting Ruiz’s career and turned things around by saying he thought Ruiz was “pretty damn good.”
With all due respect Ruiz, I’d prefer to return the favor by encouraging you to do your own research or, more simply, to quote me accurately! By no means did I insult your career. Never even questioned it. In fact, I specifically recall acknowledging that you’re pretty damn good.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 3, 2019
Hmm, Smith seems to be glossing over that he called Ruiz “Butter Bean” and “some dude.” That showed a lack of respect for Ruiz. Smith then went on to try and spin the argument to focus on how he was talking about being upset the Wilder-Joshua fight fans wanted had been ruined. While that is no doubt the case, Smith refuses to admit he insulted Ruiz from the start. He was completely wrong about Ruiz and won’t admit it or apologize for it. All he can do is retreat and try to spin the conversation as he backpedals. It’s a bad look, one that can easily be remedied by saying he was wrong.
Andy Ruiz Jr. has given Snickers plenty of love over the past few months, and now the candy bar maker is returning the favor.
Ruiz Jr. on Saturday knocked out Anthony Joshua in a major upset to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent ever. He has endeared himself to fans everywhere with his likable personality and unfit body.
Ruiz has also become known due to his love of Snickers. Unlike other top athletes who are on strict diets and cut out the sweets, Ruiz has been open about his love of Snickers. He has a Snickers bar as the header for his Twitter profile. He even appeared on “Inside PBC Boxing” in late April with a whole bunch of Snickers.
That led to more questions about the Snickers. Ruiz said his dad got him into the candy bar.
“My dad’s been giving me Snickers since I was six years old,” Ruiz told The Sportsman in an interview. “When I first turned amateur when I was seven years old, my dad started giving it to me. Best believe I’m going to be eating it before my fight with (Anthony Joshua).”
After all the publicity Ruiz gave Snickers, they congratulated him on his win over Joshua.
Congrats on that SATISFYING fight last night @Andy_destroyer1
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 2, 2019
Snickers also said they were sending Ruiz a package.
Congrats again on the upset @Andy_destroyer1 ! Victory is sweet, but so is the package we are sending you.
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 3, 2019
Nobody has hustled harder for an endorsement deal than Ruiz. Snickers need to turn this into something bigger than that.
- Andy Ruiz Jr
Andy Ruiz Jr may have won himself a few more fans beyond just Saturday’s shocking upset over Anthony Joshua.
After stunning the previously undefeated Joshua by seventh-round TKO to win the heavyweight title in dramatic fashion, Ruiz showed up to his post-fight press conference wearing a New York Knicks jersey. Rob Perez of The Action Network shared video.
Andy Ruiz Jr. walks into press conference in Knicks jersey, first statement after knocking out Anthony Joshua pic.twitter.com/xIjVaPjj1D
— Andy Wobriz Jr. (@WorldWideWob) June 2, 2019
Saturday’s bout took place at Madison Square Garden. Coincidentally, Knicks free agent target Kyrie Irving was also in attendance for the fight.
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019
For what it’s worth, the Boston Celtics are reportedly skeptical about their chances of keeping Irving. If the Knicks want to get their sales pitch started early, it certainly can’t hurt to have the new heavyweight champion of the world in their corner.
- Andy Ruiz Jr
Should referee Mike Griffin have stopped the Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr. fight on Saturday night? That’s a question many are debating.
Ruiz Jr. was declared a 7th-round TKO winner over Joshua, handing the former heavyweight champion his first career defeat. The action really got started during a thrilling third round.
Joshua dropped Ruiz with a knockdown, and the Mexican-American responded by flooring Joshua twice later in the round. Then in the seventh, Ruiz scored two more knockdowns. Joshua beat the count on the first knockdown. He beat the count after the next knockdown as well, but that’s where things got tricky.
Joshua looked towards his corner after the second knockdown, indicating he may have been looking at them for advice about whether he should have continued. Griffin then asked Joshua if he wanted to continue. Joshua said yes. Despite Joshua saying he wanted to continue, Griffin stopped the fight, making Ruiz a TKO winner.
That explains Joshua’s confused reaction to the fight being called off by Griffin:
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 2, 2019
So why did Griffin stop the fight even after Joshua said he wanted to continue? Probably because his body language told a different story. Joshua had looked to his corner. He did not step forward towards Griffin, which is something fighters usually do to indicate they want to continue.
Joshua had been knocked down four times by Ruiz and was thoroughly beaten in the fight. Nobody can argue with the result, even if Joshua was hoping for it to continue.
Joshua is now 22-1 following the defeat, while Ruiz improves to 33-1.