Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua are set to run things back after their initial meeting this past June.
The Mexican knocked Joshua out in the seventh round of their unified heavyweight title meeting. It was the first defeat of Joshua’s professional boxing career. Now, the two will run things back on neutral ground, in Saudi Arabia, on December 7. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the rematch, Ruiz said he advises his English counterpart to take time off if he loses to him again.
“I think he should take a little break if I beat him,” Ruiz said. “Let him recuperate, but one or two losses are not going to make a difference. He’s still a warrior, he’s still a great fighter, and I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”
Although the pair will be fighting opposite one another, there has been a great deal of mutual respect along the way. In fact, Joshua praised Ruiz for being a true and deserving champion, something that means a lot to Ruiz.
“It means a lot,” said Ruiz. “He said that because I defeated him. He was the greatest heavyweight champion of the world. He had all the belts and now I do, so it’s a big blessing to be in this position.”
Who are you picking in the rematch between Ruiz and Joshua in December?