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Ahead of a Rematch, Ruiz Maintains Hunger to Defend his titles

Ahead of a Rematch, Ruiz Maintains Hunger to Defend his titles

Doris Ukaonu
L-R; Anthony Joshua , Andy Ruiz Jnr.

Mexican born boxer, Andy Ruiz Jnr. has dismissed statements saying that Anthony Joshua, the British born boxer was going to defeat him at the rematch scheduled for December 7. Ruiz Jnr maintained that he has ‘the hunger’ to defend his titles.

Recall that on June 1st, 2019, Joshua was dealt with a horrific seventh-round finishing blow from Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York. Due to the defeat to Ruiz, Joshua lost World Boxing Organisation(WBO), World Boxing Association(WBA), International Boxing Federation(IBF ), and International Boxing Federation IBO world titles, all of which he’s bagged from 2016-2019. 

Owing to Joshua’s undefeated boxing career, the outcome of the game stirred so much mixed feelings and dissatisfaction from the fans which prompted a rematch. 

However, amid preparations for the rematch in December, many fingers have been pointed at Ruiz, saying that the Mexican born rather than practice hard, have been seen partying and splashing out on a mansion and a Rolls Royce since his notable victory.

But during a press conference, Ruiz maintained that he will beat Joshua to a pulp.

‘I don’t want to be a 15-minute champion. On June 1, I made my dreams come true. There was a lot of sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears. I feel like I’m here for a purpose.

‘I know on December 7 Joshua is going to be coming hard, he’s going to be strong, he’s hungry but I am as well. I know a lot of people are saying I’m not training but I’m working hard.’

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The 29-year-old having envisaged a more focused and improved version of Joshua at the rematch still swore to pull off another major win.

He added: ‘Joshua’s going to want his belts back and I know that; so that is giving me the motivation to train even harder because I know he is pushing himself and it’s making me more hungry.

‘On December 7 I’m going to make history again and win in the same fashion and prove everybody wrong.’

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