VIDEO: Andy Ruiz Jr. Reacts to Anthony Joshua’s Loss to Oleksandr Usyk 

Published 09/26/2021, 12:53 PM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


On an astonishing night in the ring, Oleksandr Usyk came, saw, and conquered. After twelve rounds of breath-taking boxing against Anthony Joshua, the Ukrainian secured a unanimous decision victory. As Joshua simply did not seem cut out for a toe-to-toe bout, Usyk is now the new heavyweight world champion.

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Not just to AJ, but to most conventional heavyweights, Oleksandr Usyk is now a force to be reckoned with. However, Usyk is not the first fighter to get past Anthony Joshua; Andy Ruiz Jr. did it first in 2019.

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Now, as the once undisputed tasted defeat yet again, Andy Ruiz Jr shared his reaction to his former opponent falling prey to yet another heavyweight, marking his second career loss.

Yeah man, congratulations Usyk, he did his thing, look at that, Jesus Christ right there baby, congratulations brother,” said Andy Ruiz.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. trilogy over an Usyk rematch?

The initial Usyk-Joshua contract made room for a rematch clause that AJ could invoke, in case he lost the first fight. Courtesy of the infamous result, now hungry for redemption, Joshua has expressed that he wants to run it back with Usyk right away.

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)

In the post-fight presser, he said that this would be the equivalent of extending his training camp for the first fight. Moreover, he seems to have taken this loss as yet another takeaway. Before another clash, he is now looking forward to making the necessary adjustments.

However, would it make sense for Anthony Joshua to step into a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk right away?

What’s the next right move for AJ?

As the two giants locked horns, there seemed to be an enormous difference in their fighting styles. Oleksandr Usyk kept pressing on his opponent with his footwork and constant movement. His southpaw approach enabled him to move in and out of the pocket and, at times, even right behind him. Anthony Joshua appeared lost and simply couldn’t keep up with his counterpart’s speed and fight IQ.

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Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

With no belts on the line, Joshua could have been a bit more flexible, in terms of choosing opponents. Perhaps, AJ could use a tune-up fight before facing Usyk again for his titles.

A feasible option could be to run it back with Andy Ruiz Jr. for a trilogy fight. A second win over Ruiz could help him boost confidence and motivate him to step back into the ring with the former cruiserweight and current heavyweight world champion.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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