Is Andy Ruiz Jr. Ready for Anthony Joshua Trilogy?

Published 01/16/2021, 7:30 AM EST
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)


Andy Ruiz Jr. sent a shock wave through the boxing world when he became the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion by knocking out Anthony Joshua in June 2019. He cemented one of the biggest upsets of all time in heavyweight boxing and took away Joshua’s ‘unbeaten’ tag.

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That said, Anthony Joshua avenged the loss in the rematch and recaptured his lost titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. via decision. Ruiz Jr. faced the second loss of his professional career and subsequently put his boxing career on hold.

‘The Destroyer’ didn’t step onto the canvas for the entirety of the 2020 calendar year. However, he eyes an early return this year to take a chance at grabbing the world titles once again.

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While Anthony Joshua is still the unified world heavyweight champion, Ruiz Jr. can expect a trilogy clash to settle the debate for once.

Both Ruiz Jr. and Joshua have one win each against each other. But Ruiz Jr claimed it via stoppage and Joshua earned it via decision. That makes Andy Ruiz Jr., Joshua’s only opponent to have walked away without being KO’ed.

So, it clearly begs for the trilogy clash to take place. But is the Mexican ready to encounter Joshua again? Or he needs to accept some other fight before he steps up to take on ‘AJ’.

Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Anthony Joshua 3 – Can it happen?

Following his loss against Joshua, Ruiz Jr. changed his trainer and is currently under Eddy Reynoso’s tutelage. Over there, it’s much more than just boxing for him. The heavyweight stalwart is also shedding some valuable pounds and is looking to regain a new physique ahead of the massive return.

The vast change in physique and over a year-long lay off will impact Ruiz Jr’s game plan. He needs to find his rhythm before accepting bigger challenges.

Joshua is clearly the biggest win in Ruiz Jr’s resume. So, he shouldn’t risk losing the trilogy by demanding an immediate fight.

Andy Ruiz Jr. during his fight against Anthony Joshua in their IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Joshua, still fresh off of his recent KO against Kubrat Pulev, is on the brink of bagging a title unification fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury.

He had been super active with his training camps and will seemingly outpoint Ruiz Jr. at this stage. The Mexican needs to get himself rust-free before locking horns against Joshua.

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The entire boxing world wants to see Joshua fight Fury next. Nevertheless, Ruiz Jr. can still enter the title ride by opting to fight someone relevant from the active roster. If he wins, ‘The Destroyer’ has all the chances of becoming a world champion again.

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But right now, it might not be the perfect time to go against Anthony Joshua. What do you think, should Andy Ruiz Jr. vs Anthony Joshua 3 take place?

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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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