Dillian Whyte has revealed how Anthony Joshua can defeat Andy Ruiz Jr. in the re-match for the IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles this winter.
Anthony Joshua suffered a shock defeat against Ruiz in the seventh round at the Madison Square Garden in New York City last month.
Naturally, various questions were raised against AJ after the loss with David Haye claiming that the lack of sparring cost Joshua the fight, while Tyson Fury criticized Eddie Hearn for having no knowledge of boxing as the reason for Joshua’s defeat.
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However, what’s done is done. AJ has already exercised the re-match clause in his contract and is set to take on Ruiz for the four titles in the winters.
Dillian Whyte, who ranked AJ at the third position in his current top 10 heavyweight boxer in the world, has claimed that Joshua needs to be patient against an experienced campaigner like Ruiz, instead of going gung-ho from round one.
As per Dillian:
“With Andy Ruiz, you’ve got to get the double jab going. Good speed, good double. You know he’s going to come forward and you need to be patient. Take your time and walk him onto the big punches,” Whyte told Sky Sports.
“You can’t just go out there and throw a big single against him, because he’s experienced, he’s had over 30 fights. He’ll see the big singles coming. You’ve got to set him up, back up a bit, use your range against him. Let him walk you down and clock him with a shot when he’s not expecting it.
“He only closed the distance quick against Joshua because Joshua tried to trade. Listen, you don’t go into a fight and start trading with someone shorter than you, with quick hands straight away like that. No, you’ve got to try and get yourself going, be a bit patient.
“You might not win the first one or two rounds. It’s Joshua’s thing, he always tries to win the first two or three rounds, and that’s his downfall. Patience is key. You start mixing it with him on your terms when you’re ready. Don’t let him force you to mix and that’s what Joshua did, Joshua started mixing with him too early.”
Even the most ardent of Andy Ruiz’s fan wouldn’t have expected that kind of outcome against AJ. However, Anthony Joshua does have the advantage of studying and preparing adequately against Ruiz this time around.
The Brit would be hoping to take the loss on his chin and come back a better and more mature fighter than before.