Andy Ruiz has been branded a “disgrace” for his performance in Saturday night’s defeat to Anthony Joshua. The Mexican was beaten by Joshua in a unanimous decision defeat.
Ruiz surrendered his WBO, WBA and IBF world title belts in Saudi Arabia after a lacklustre performance.
Having stripped the titles away from Joshua in New York on June 1, the heavyweight admitted he had enjoyed the fruits of success too much.
Despite insisting he would come into the rematch leaner than the 268lbs he weighed in the first fight.
However, at the rematch weigh in he tipped the scales at 284lbs, 19lbs heavier than before.
The additional weight meant Ruiz was unable to properly move around the ring and chase down Joshua, who kept himself safe behind the jab.
Joshua boxed his way to a landslide unanimous decision win, and regained his titles with somewhat ease.
And Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s promoter, the Mexican was a disgrace to the sport with the way he turned up to fight.
“Andy Ruiz jr, on the other hand, brought disgrace to himself and the sport by simply failing to prepare to any sort of required level,” he wrote in his column.
- Anthony Joshua sends message to Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury
“Just because you are a heavyweight it shouldn’t mean you don’t have an obligation to display a certain degree of athletic intention.
“Yes, he was heavy last time around and usually wobbles a bit around the middle, but this was ridiculous.
“When eyebrows were being raised at the weigh-in he literally was the elephant in the room.
“Joshua must have wondered which chin he was supposed to aim for.
- Anthony Joshua branded ‘biggest hypocrite in boxing’ after Ruiz Jr win
“It is a bit late after the event to come out and say you partied too much and regret carrying so much weight.
“If he turned up like that for a non-title fight where the paymasters were not so invested in a positive outcome for their man, the promoters and TV executives would be rightly hacked off over a fighter coming in so obviously out of condition.
“And spare a thought for those punters who might have had a punt on the champion, who had every right to believe he had put the graft in having had the benefit of a full camp.
“Professional athletes have a responsibility to ensure a level playing field on behalf of those who pay for the privilege of watching.”
Source: Read Full Article