Will there be a third fight between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua?

Tanya Simon
December 9, 2019

While the portly Ruiz has always been criticised for his appearance, he went into the rematch weighing 128kg, seven kilos heavier than the first fight and the heaviest he's been since his first two pro fights in 2009. I think we have good fights and we will definitely see each other for the third time, "he said midweek, the day of his public training in Saudi Arabia".

Had Ruiz been victorious and set up a second title defence, he would have been in the driver's seat for the first time and able to demand a monster payday.

"It was his night", Ruiz said.

Usyk could be made to wait for his guaranteed WBO title fight as the IBF have suggested their mandatory must come first for Joshua and fellow Brit Derek Chisora has been holding talks over a fight with the Olympic gold medallist.

When pressed further on his larger physique, Ruiz Jr added: "It kind of affected me a lot".

The Ukrainian pound-for-pound star watched from ringside at the Diriyah Arena and Joshua welcomed a showdown with Usyk, who has joined the top division after becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion.

"The responsibilities of being world champion are hard", he added.

"But in the end you hear him saying he ate too much and should've trained harder... like, what the f***?" What do you imply you ate an excessive amount of and will've educated tougher?

'The first time I fought overseas as a pro I took my first loss, against Andy. I'll present the world and persuade them I'm the flawless and that nobody is near me, particularly with what is going on on within the division proper now.

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"How can nobody say I am not the flawless on the planet now?"

'That's why I am concentrating more now on my skills and practising my art.' This was clearly a supplementary factor in his decision to box and weave to a unanimous decision against Ruiz rather than get drawn into a thrilling war.

"I am right here for legacy". Long live the king!

"I'd rather not discuss that because I don't want to make it seem like an excuse".

"If you come from a struggled life and you come from nothing and then all of a sudden you become the unified champion of the world, you get all this money and you go off on a happy trip, maybe he went off the tracks a bit".

Andre Ward, a former super middleweight champion, added on Twitter that Ruiz "blew a big opportunity". The better man won, period. "He couldn't do it".

A beaten Andy Ruiz Jr called for a rematch after Anthony Joshua won back an array of world heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, but the Mexican-American can not expect to be at the front of the queue.

For its part, Joshua was already talking about a third match since days before the second fight.

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