Andy Ruiz Jr is adamant that it will be a case of ‘repeat’ rather than ‘revenge’ when he rematches Anthony Joshua later this year.
The new, unified heavyweight king dethroned Britain’s champion with a stunning upset knockout on June 1 and is now expecting to do it all again in November/December.
Ruiz’s triumph was so shocking that many are still refusing to believe it.
Numerous fans have since come out with excuses to justify AJ’s defeat, while others have simply proclaimed it to be a ‘fluke’.
Responding to these criticisms, the Mexican-American stated: “I think his people are trying to get something [to explain] why he lost like that.
“But he fought a hungry guy, I was hungry, I was mentally focussed for that fight.
“I did not wanna lose in front of my family or get beat up in front of my family.”
Before the dust had barely had time to settle, Joshua and his team announced that they would be activating a rematch clause in the contract to force a return bout.
This does not concern Ruiz however, who insisted: “The rematch is gonna be the same. I’m gonna be more prepared, more ready.
“I know his flaws, I can do a lot better. I think the only thing he can do is just run around.
“He’s not good at boxing, he’s not a good boxer.
“It’s going to be a hell of a fight – Ruiz vs Joshua II.”