Andy Ruiz Jr believes Oleksandr Usyk will win Anthony Joshua rematch

Andy Ruiz Jr believes Oleksandr Usyk won’t make the same mistakes he did and will BEAT Anthony Joshua in rematch… but he credits former foe AJ for hiring Mexican trainer Robert Garcia to make him more aggressive

  • Andy Ruiz Jr backs Oleksandr Usyk to win rematch against Anthony Joshua
  • Joshua lost to Ruiz in 2019, before winning their sequel bout later in the year
  • Usyk won by unanimous decision in London, and is tipped to repeat his success
  • Ruiz said AJ would gain ‘aggressiveness’ after joining forces with Robert Garcia 

Andy Ruiz Jr expects Oleksandr Usyk to do something he couldn’t, and make it two wins from two against Anthony Joshua on Saturday.

Ruiz inflicted Joshua’s first career defeat in New York in June 2019, but then lost the rematch in December of that year in Saudi Arabia.

Now after his unanimous decision victory in London in September 2021, Usyk also faces another bout with the same foe on Saturday. Joshua will be hoping to exact revenge in the way he did almost three years ago.

Andy Ruiz Jr earned a shock victory over Anthony Joshua in 2019, before losing the rematch

Oleksandr Usyk (left) will hope to defeat Joshua (c) for the second time in a year on Saturday 

But in an interview with BoxingScene.com, the 32-year-old Ruiz declared that he can only see this weekend’s blockbuster sequel in Jeddah going one way.

‘If Usyk doesn’t do the same thing that I did, then he’s going to win the fight,’ Ruiz said.

‘I had all of the tools to beat Anthony Joshua, but things happened so fast. I was here, I was over there, and I didn’t focus on what I was supposed to do.

‘But Usyk is different. He’s ready. He’s more disciplined. He’s already been a world champion before. He’s been super famous. It’s going to be a tough fight for both of them.’

Ruiz praised AJ’s link-up with Robert Garcia (left), saying it will bring the Brit ‘aggressiveness’ 

After parting ways with longtime coach Rob McCracken, AJ joined up with Mexican coach Robert Garcia, something which Ruiz – who is of Mexican descent – thinks will benefit Joshua’s game.

‘I think that was a good move as well. Sometimes we have to learn from different trainers. Every trainer that we have, we learn new things and it becomes muscle memory,’ Ruiz said.

‘I think he needed a Mexican trainer to make him aggressive. I think he needed that aggressiveness against Usyk. He’s the bigger guy. He’s the stronger guy.’

Ruiz faces Cuban heavyweight contender Luiz Ortiz in Los Angeles on September 4. If he wins that, he would love to meet Joshua for a third fight – if AJ can defy his own prediction and win on Saturday.

‘If I beat Ortiz and don’t fight Deontay Wilder next and Joshua beats Usyk, I would love to do the trilogy,’ he said. ‘It’ll be a lot of fireworks.’

Ruiz would be happy to fight Joshua for a trilogy bout, if they win their upcoming match-ups




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