Andy Ruiz Jr. Explains Why He Refused to Talk to the Media Following Anthony Joshua Defeat

Published 02/20/2021, 5:30 AM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr at the Public Investment Fund office complex in Riyadh. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


The year 2019 was full of trials for Andy Ruiz Jr. He rose to unparalleled stardom by beating the Brit legend Anthony Joshua with a sensational T/KO. However, the ‘Destroyer’ suffered a loss in the rematch and has been away from the public eye ever since. In fact, he distanced himself from the media throughout these 2 years.

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But, in a fresh interview with The Fighter’s Voice, Ruiz Jr. talked about why he didn’t stay relevant in the media after the Anthony Joshua loss.

“I wanted to figure everything out on my own. I wanted to fix things on my own, and I think that’s the only way people could fix themselves by fixing themselves, right? So yeah, that’s exactly what I did. I try to focus and it took this long because I just wanted to be on the right page,” said the Mexican-American.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ruiz Jr. revealed that he wanted to give himself some mental space that he needed. And the ‘Destroyer’ felt that was his prime reason to not interact with the media, as he didn’t want to issue statements he didn’t mean.

He ended his media sabbatical as he believes his mindset is on the right page now and he wants to be the heavyweight champion again.

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Can Andy Ruiz Jr. become the unified heavyweight champion again?

Post the defeat at ‘Clash On The Dunes’, Ruiz Jr. immersed himself in extremely rigorous training sessions.

He also lost a significant amount of weight and looks leaner and meaner than before. More than any other opponent, the ‘Destroyer’ is keen to battle out ‘AJ’ in a trilogy bout. But, the Brit has moved onto fight for the undisputed heavyweight title.

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Apart from Joshua, Ruiz Jr. might still get his hands on the likes of other big-wigs of the division like Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte, or more.

A couple of more fights/wins can unquestionably help the ‘Destroyer’ secure a title fight.

Do you envisage Ruiz Jr. as the champion again? If the ‘Destroyer’ fights Joshua in a trilogy, can he upset him again?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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