Andy Ruiz Jr has admitted “three months of partying” was to blame for his one-sided defeat to Anthony Joshua.
Back in June the Mexican delivered one of boxing’s biggest ever shocks when he floored AJ four times on the way to a seventh-round stoppage win. But on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, it was a very different Ruiz Jr standing toe-toe-toe with Joshua – weighing 15lbs heavier for a start.
And speaking after the fight, Ruiz Jr admitted his preparation was to blame for the tame loss. The 30-year-old said: “Three months of partying and celebrating affected me, what can I say? Being overweight, I wasn’t fluid enough, I wasn’t moving the way I wanted to move. I think if I’m lighter I’m going to let my hands go and be a completely different fighter.”
He was then asked what he’d do differently if granted a rematch with Joshua. He replied: “Listen to my coach. Listen to my dad. And take it more seriously. I’m OK, I’m just a little disappointed. I should have listened to them. I tried to do the training on my own. I should have listened to them more. There’s no excuses…the partying and all that stuff got the best of me. For being out of shape I did pretty good, I took all his shots. I got him a few times. If we’d have gone toe to toe. For the trilogy I know I’m going to be a lot better.”
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