Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz has accused Anthony Joshua of quitting in their first fight.
The pair squared off in June at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ruiz dropped Joshua four times on route to a monumental seventh round stoppage victory.
Joshua looked dazed and confused after climbing to his feet from the final knockdown. The referee waved off the fight despite the protests of the Englishman.
Ruiz and Joshua met in the Sky Sports studios to discuss their upcoming rematch, on December 7 in Saudi Arabia. The first ever Mexican heavyweight champions certainly didn’t hold back. (H/T Boxing Scene)
“I think he quit because of the way it was going. I think he was out of it and didn’t know where he was at that moment. I think he quit,” Ruiz said.
“Would I have quit under that sort of attack? It depends on how hurt I was. But I don’t quit. If I fall, I fall.”
But Joshua denies that he quit and says if he wanted to he would have just stayed down.
“I am a champion no matter what anyone says about me. If the conclusion is that I quit, why didn’t I just stay down? He hit me with a shot that I could not recover from but I still stuck in there,”
“The main thing is I am still fighting. It would be worse if I did not come back — that is true failure.”
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