British Boxing legend Ricky Hatton has backed Anthony Joshua for a win against Andy Ruiz jr in the upcoming re-match for the three heavyweight titles this winter.
Anthony Joshua suffered a shocking defeat against the 29-year-old Mexican-American Boxer as he was dropped four times en-route to a seventh-round stoppage defeat by Ruiz.
Ricky Hatton believes Anthony Joshua will be too good for Andy Ruiz in their re-match this winter.
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Since then, there have been plethora of criticisms and judgement thrown at Joshua’s way with David Haye blaming the inadequate sparring that led to the 29-year-old’s loss, while Tyson Fury laying down on Eddie Hearn like you expect him to do.
However, when it comes to Ricky Hatton, the 40-year-old claims that Joshua’s loss to Ruiz was just a fluke, while he believes that AJ would put down Ruiz 9 times out of 10:
“Sometimes people come back from defeats with a vengeance and some people they never come back the same.
“If you have to ask me as an outsider, I’d say he beats Ruiz nine times out of ten, for me.”
While Hatton acknowledges the fact that Ruiz has very fast hands which makes him a dangerous fighter, the 40-year-old also admits that AJ is definitely a better fighter than his counter part:
“Even though he’s (Ruiz) a very, very dangerous fighter and he’s got very, very fast hands and he’s already planted that danger in Anthony’s mind.
“I think it’s a decision for the people that know Anthony best.
“I think he’s a better fighter than Ruiz, so I would get straight back in.”
Anthony Joshua has already the triggered the re-match clause in his contract as the fight is set to take place this winter.
A lot of the critics are backing Joshua to take back his three heavyweight titles after the shocking loss last month, however, Andy Ruiz jr has vowed to be ready for the bout, claiming that he would be even better prepared than he was the last time:
“The rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready,” Ruiz said.
“I know his flaws. I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around, he’s not good at boxing.
“People thought I wasn’t going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight. I don’t want to say all the things I am going to change.
“There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
Whatever the outcome of this re-match might be, Ruiz is right about one thing; This is gonna be one hell of a fight!