Andy Ruiz slammed by WBC president for ‘scandalous’ Anthony Joshua performance


Andy Ruiz was outclassed in Saudi Arabia as Anthony Joshua regained his world heavyweight championship belts.

Andy Ruiz has been criticised by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman for his performance against Anthony Joshua. Ruiz lost his WBO, WBA, IBO and IBF world titles as Joshua outclassed the Mexican in their rematch in Saudi Arabia at the weekend.

Ruiz had shocked the world in their first meeting, inflicting Joshua’s first professional defeat as he stopped AJ in the seventh round.

That was in New York back in June with the pair not meeting again for another six months.

Ruiz came to the second fight over a stone heavier than he weighed in for the first and admitted the extra weight was an issue as Joshua outclassed him to earn a unanimous points victory.

And WBC chief Sulaiman has criticised the former champion for the condition he was in.

Sulaiman said: ”The questions before the second fight were, ‘what is going to happen?’

“Is it going to be Buster Douglas that knocked out [Mike] Tyson and then ate everything to get to a fight against Holyfield without any chance of winning?

“Or is he going to be the champion who gets a knock out and who understands the greatness of the position he is in and can make a legendary career?.

“This has happened on many occasions. He (Ruiz) comes in from having many problems in life [back in June], and conquers glory.

“With that comes money, fame, temptations. He could never establish a plan of work in the gym, he was taken from city to city, from event to event.

“The distractions were such that they led him to a scandalous weight, with a clear disadvantage at the time the bell rang… in mobility, in resistance, and Joshua was very intelligent.

“He used his weapons, such as height, distance, the jab, the movement.

“It was a fight that did not meet the drama that the public expected, but fulfilled a clear demonstration of Joshua’s superiority that night.”

Ruiz himself admitted he had partied too much when celebrating becoming world champ back in the summer.

He said: “For this fight, I was overweight… I should have trained harder. I should have listened to my coaches more. Maybe I shouldn’t have put on all this weight that I did.

“I’d like to say the three months of partying didn’t affect me, but it did. I think the partying and all this stuff got the best of me.

“I think I ate everything… everything… that’s why I gained so much weight. I was having too much fun, I was celebrating too much.

“Just being with my friends and just celebrating. Drinking a few more Coronas than I should have.”


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