Boxing: I’ll die attempting to defend my title in opposition to Joshua, says Ruiz Jr

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(Information) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has mentioned he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he triumphed over Britain’s Anthony Joshua in June and he would “die attempting” to defend his belts within the title rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr & Anthony Joshua Press Convention – Diriyah, Saudi Arabia – December four, 2019 Andy Ruiz Jr poses after the press convention Motion Pictures through Information/Andrew Couldridge

Mexican-American Ruiz produced one in every of boxing’s greatest upsets when he dethroned the beforehand undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard.

“I’ve been doing this since I used to be six and it’s lastly paying off,” Ruiz advised the BBC. “There isn’t a approach I’m going to let these belts go, I’ll die attempting.

“It has been a roller-coaster and now that I made the desires come true there isn’t any approach I’ll let these go.”

Joshua has trimmed down forward of the second WBA, IBF and WBO title showdown with a watch on taking the competition deep into the latter rounds, saying he expects a “marathon, not a dash”.

The Briton has additionally been taking recommendation on his coaching regime and food plan from former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his bid to reclaim the title on the combat dubbed the ‘Conflict on the Dunes’.

“I could also be lower than 17 stone (107.95 kg),” Joshua mentioned. “I’m punching free and heavy — rhythm and stream.

“Earlier than I used to be attempting to bench-press a home. I used my physique to get the place I wanted however then I began realizing the candy science of the game. I’m punching like a horse kicking backwards proper now.”

Ruiz, nevertheless, mentioned he wouldn’t ‘underestimate’ Joshua and that he had his personal methods to counter the previous Olympic champion.

“I do know he misplaced weight and that he’ll attempt to field me round,” Ruiz added. “So it’s my job to forestall that.

“(Within the June bout) I used to be the one who had the energy, the one backing him up. After I jabbed I pushed him away.”

Joshua believes this is not going to be the final time the 2 combat one another and predicted a 3rd bout sooner or later if Ruiz was up for it.

“This ain’t going to be the final time I see Ruiz within the ring,” Joshua mentioned. “We make for good fights.

“I believe there’s positively gonna be a knockout and that’s what individuals need to see, bloodshed and knockouts.”

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Christian Radnedge