Andy Ruiz Jr. Not Impressed With Anthony Joshua’s Last Performance, Favors Fury to Win

Published 02/24/2021, 8:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 01: Anthony Joshua has the fight stopped in the seventh round against Andy Ruiz Jr during their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


The potential matchup between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has split the boxing universe into two halves. Several boxers have taken their sides to the debate and former champion Andy Ruiz Jr. hasn’t failed to dive in. He connected with Little Giant Boxing to shed opinion on the matchup and thrilled several fans with his clear response.

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‘The Destroyer’ has analyzed both the current heavyweight champions, billing his favor towards the WBC titleholder, Tyson Fury. Moreover, the Mexican has ridiculed Anthony Joshua’s recent KO win against Kubrat Pulev, citing an advantage for ‘The Gypsy King’ in the title unification clash.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. said, “Tyson Fury has a real style, he is tall, he fights… I kinda see Tyson Fury winning that fight. I wasn’t too impressed with Anthony Joshua’s last performance, but he got the job done. I think maybe Tyson Fury might get him… Anthony hasn’t fought anybody that boxes and moves around, so we’ll see about that.”

The former champion also said that he would be there ringside for the fight. Moreover, his comments may have weight as he is the only man to have denied ‘AJ‘ a professional win. Has he given ‘The Gypsy King’ the blueprint?

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. 1 – A blueprint for Tyson Fury

Despite being the early aggressor against Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua fell victim to his sleek combinations. So, Tyson Fury’s movement can be a serious threat to the unified champion. Meanwhile, Fury is also massive and can control the range, turning himself even more treacherous inside the squared circle.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – AUGUST 15: Tyson Fury during an open public workout at Castle Court on August 15, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Carl Frampton boxing bill also featuring Tyson Fury and Paddy Barnes takes place on Saturday night at Windsor Park. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

If he uses the same strategy that saw Ruiz Jr. become the champion, Tyson Fury will clearly control the odds. But, he needs to be cautious as Joshua has knockout power and in boxing, one punch is all it takes. Thus, Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will be alluring for all the obvious reasons.

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The former champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., can also take some notes of the fight because he is a relevant contender in the title ride and can face any of the two men in the future.

Do you agree with ‘Destroyer’s’ statements?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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