Andy Ruiz Jr. Receives High Praise From Joseph Parker Before Potential Rematch

Published 01/31/2022, 1:00 PM EST

The former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has emerged as a superior boxer after outclassing British pugilist, Derek Chisora. They battled twice within the span of two years. Finally, Parker has shown sheer dominance by winning both the bouts.

However, Parker is keen to face former unified heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. for the second time in his career.

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Prior to a possible showdown against Ruiz Jr., Parker shared his thoughts about the much-anticipated heavyweight fight between ‘‘The Gypsy King’‘ and Dillian Whyte with ‘Behind The Gloves’. He also gave his opinion about his potential opponent, Ruiz Jr.

Parker said, “Obviously going into a fight you back yourself and you know what you can do, he’s done a lot since we first fought I’ve done quite a bit as well since we first fought so it’ll be a great matchup and it’ll be a good rematch and I back myself to take you, I’ll take care of business.”

“He is very durable and very tough, you know he’s got that Mexican style and sort of confidence within himself, but in the heavyweight division, one punch can change anything.”

However, Joseph Parker praised his opponent ‘The Destroyer’ for the achievements that the latter had garnered since they fought in 2016. Notably, Ruiz Jr. had crowned unified heavyweight title. Though the achievement was short-lived as he lost the rematch. Moreover, it added new dimensions to Andy’s game and inculcated confidence in knocking out unified world champ Anthony Joshua.

Parker further added that anything could happen if he faces Ruiz Jr. in the future. He believes one great jab or move can change the whole scenario of the ring in the heavyweight division.

Joseph Parker vs Andy Ruiz Jr. previous fight

The heavy exchange of leather between Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr. took place on 10, December 2016, at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

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Both fighters went for the vacant WBO heavyweight title. However, the fight was tough as fighters went toe-to-toe and countered heavy blows. They showed durable chin as neither fighter got knocked out and absorbed heavy shots.

Finally, the fight ended in Parker’s favor with a close margin. Though he won the fight by majority decision, ‘The Destroyer’ showcased an excellent set of skills.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek Singh is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Following the completion of his training as an amateur boxer, he is currently preparing to appear for trials at the state and national levels. With over 3 years of experience in playing the sport, Abhishek is also the holder of a Bachelor's in Arts degree from the University of Delhi.

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