Ruiz rips Anthony Joshua’s strategy for Usyk but tips ‘strong’ rival to recover

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Andy Ruiz Jr. admitted that he was surprised by Anthony Joshua’s strategy of clashing with Alexander Usik.

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AJ suffered a unanimous decision defeat to undefeated Ukraine last weekend after being kicked out of the outbox for 12 straight rounds.

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Oleksandr Usik did a great job against Anthony Joshuacredit: Reuters
Victory over AJ sees Usyk become Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World

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Victory over AJ sees Usyk become Unified Heavyweight Champion of the Worldcredit: getty
Andy Ruiz Jr. admits he's the elusive Usyk.  Were surprised by Joshua's approach to

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Andy Ruiz Jr. admits he’s the elusive Usyk. Were surprised by Joshua’s approach tocredit: getty

The Watford Warrior surprised fight fans around the world with his decision to try and box the fleet-footed and elusive Usyak, including his old foe Ruiz.

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They told fight propaganda: “It shocked me because when I did an interview with ESPN, I thought Anthony was going to be the strongest man, and I thought he would surround him and use his abilities.

“He [Joshua] Just stayed there, he wasn’t moving around and was doing the same thing to me in the second fight with me.

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“He’d run around to make sure he didn’t get hurt, and if he did, he’d get caught and run around. So he had a strategy. But for this fight [with Usyk], it didn’t go his way.

“It’s crazy because I thought Anthony was going to beat Joshua Usyk. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a 50-50 fight between the two [Tyson] fury and [Deontay] Wilder.

“It’s going to be a very exciting fight. There I am going.”

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Joshua head coach Rob McCracken has taken most of the blame for the defeat, which could have permanently spoiled a blockbuster performance with Fury.

But Ruiz believes the Team GB boxing coach should not face full criticism.

He added: “You can’t blame everyone. Each fighter has to take his own responsibility.

“It was probably the wrong strategy, and that [Joshua] Maybe underestimated him like I did with Chris Areola.

“But we both got caught, but thank God, I chased and got the W. I think Anthony Joshua is still there and still going strong.”

He was feeling a little scared and was holding back a little.

Andy Ruiz Jr on Anthony Joshua’s loss to Alexander Uski

Ruiz – who scored a sensational victory over AJ in New York two years ago – believes his old rival was ‘scared’ by Usyak’s cunning movement.

The destroyer said: “He felt kind of scared and was holding back a little.

“Maybe it was Usyak’s lefty of his style and how he moves.

“I thought they both could have done better, but congratulations to Usyk.

“There are too many opportunities and a lot we can switch and have different rivals.”

Joshua, 31, has activated his rematch clause and vowed to learn from the mistakes he made against his fellow Olympians.

He said: “I have watched the fight, analyzed my preparations and identified my mistakes.

“I’ve learned my lesson. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”


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