Anthony Joshua must not make same Deontay Wilder mistake ahead of Andy Ruiz Jr rematch


Anthony Joshua faces the biggest fight of his life in Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night for the world heavyweight titles.

Anthony Joshua needs to make sure he’s not got Deontay Wilder’s astonishing knockout of Luis Ortiz in his head before Saturday evening. AJ takes on Andy Ruiz Jr in a huge world heavyweight world title fight tomorrow night.

Joshua fell short in his efforts to defend the WBA, WBO and IBF belts back in June when Ruiz stopped him after seven enthralling rounds of action at Madison Square Garden.

Just two weeks before he clashed with Ruiz, Wilder had his own heavyweight title bout with Dominic Breazeale.

Wilder decimated Breazeale within a round and sent shockwaves throughout the heavyweight division with his performance.

Before Joshua took on Ruiz, the Olympic gold medalist was asked his thoughts on Wilder’s emphatic performance.

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“Oh, that was a good one, that was a good one! I am going to be in there in the first round trying to knock out Ruiz but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” said Joshua.

Joshua’s body language was heavily analysed as he walked to the ring to face Ruiz.

He then received a bizarre-looking neck massage in his corner of the ring while his name was being announced – all with the thought of Wilder’s KO fresh in the back of AJ’s mind.

And then the fight started. Tense and overthinking, but Joshua still had size on his side, which then showed in the third round, but not before two rounds of crowd booing.


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“In the second round I heard booing,” Joshua told JD Sports in the summer.

“Someone said there was a fight going on in the arena, that’s why.

“Debut in New York, crowd is booing. Before Wilder had knocked out Breazeale in the first round. I’m fighting two weeks after. So let’s go and handle business.

“I don’t want to let people down.”

Joshua knocked Ruiz down with a right uppercut-left hook combo in the third, before rushing in to finish just moments later.

But Ruiz sent Joshua crashing to the canvas after clipping him on the side of the head during the ensuing fire-fight.

From there, the fight was over. Joshua was concussed for the following four rounds and in the seventh, referee Mike Griffin stopped the contest after giving the Brit his fourth count of the night.

And just two weeks ago, before Joshua vs Ruiz 2, Wilder produced another huge KO, this time against Cuban Ortiz.

But Joshua will need to forget about all of that, because he’s got the biggest fight of his life to deal with on Saturday.

His promoter Hearn is confident that Joshua is only focussed on Ruiz.

Hearn told Express Sport: “He doesn’t care about Wilder or Fury now, whereas he definitely did before the first fight. He wanted to put the grandstand finish on. But this is the first time since the Joseph Parker fight where he’s not thinking about anyone else.

“Since Parker it’s been ‘box Wilder, box Wilder’ and when he knocked out Breazeale, he felt like he needed to produce a big finish in America. AJ sat down with Stephen A Smith and Max Kellerman at ESPN before the Ruiz fight and the whole segment was about Wilder.

“No-one took Ruiz seriously, not the media, not the fans and AJ was just thinking knock out, get the Wilder fight. But not now.”

British boxing and Joshua fans better hope Hearn is right, because the landscape of the heavyweight division greatly depends on it. 


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