Andy Ruiz Jr. Reacts to Anthony Joshua’s Comments: ‘He Can Say Whatever He Wants’

Published 03/13/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Andy Ruiz Jr holds belts during the press conference at the Beacon Theater, New York. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)


Former unified champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., has given a blunt reaction to Anthony Joshua’s comments. The hard-hitting heavyweight said ‘AJ’ could say whatever he wants, but it won’t change the fact that he won spectacularly.

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08 December 2019, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah: US-Mexican professional boxer Andy Ruiz Jr (L) in action against Britain’s Anthony Joshua during their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena. Photo: Oliver Weiken/dpa (Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua have fought twice; first in 2019, when ‘The Destroyer’ shocked the world by knocking out Anthony Joshua. However, in the rematch, also in 2019, Ruiz Jr. came in overweight, and subsequently, Joshua beat him.

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Recently, ‘AJ’ spoke about the pair’s first meeting and revealed why he lost. However, ‘Destroyer’ has now given his take on Joshua’s comments.

“He can say whatever he wants, you know. But the main thing is that I won [against] him in a spectacular way, you know. And in the second fight, what was his excuse, you know. He didn’t really look that good, I was halfway in shape, and all that,” said Ruiz Jr.

This comment showed the former champion’s attitude to all the talk outside the ring. He then spoke about how Joshua could not knock him out in the rematch even though he was unfit. This showed that he thinks he’s a better boxer than ‘AJ’.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. says the ‘New Andy’ is coming soon

The former champion is preparing for his first fight since the defeat in the rematch. He will face Chris Arreola on April 24. This will also be the first fight since his incredible body transformation. And the former champion has claimed that a new Andy Ruiz. Jr. will show up.

He said, “Now that I’m here with the Canelo team, it’s a whole different story, it’s a whole different environment, so. Now the new Andy is coming soon.” 

The 33-2 boxer was already a threat before his transformation. Therefore, Andy Ruiz Jr. 2.0 will be a scary prospect for the division.

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Andy Ruiz Jr. (left) with Omar Khalil, Managing Partner of Skill Challenge after losing the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship belts to Anthony Joshua (not pictured) at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

These comments from ‘The Destroyer’ showed his focus on himself. He appears to be on a mission to prove his worth. Therefore, he will lick his lips at the prospect of a trilogy against ‘AJ’.

What do you make of this reaction from Andy Ruiz Jr.? 

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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