Last night (November 7, 2019) was a night Mexican boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. would love to forget and British boxer Anthony Joshua would always love to remember.
It was really a December to remember for Joshua as he convincingly boxed Ruiz from the first round to the last to regain his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in Diriya, near the Saudi capital.
In June 2019, Ruiz stunned the world and indeed Joshua as he made the British boxer kiss his canvass four times to stop his reign as heavyweight champion of the world.
But last night was a different ball game, Joshua was everywhere in the ring; while Ruiz tried to find his feet all through the 12 rounds.
In reaction to his defeat, Ruiz told reporters that, “Three months of partying and celebrating” affected him. He noted that if he has a chance to box Joshua again, he would listen to his coach. “Listen to my dad. And take it more seriously”.
After his win in June, Ruiz refused to return to the gym even when his coach, Manny Robles asked him to resume in July. He, however, opened his training camp for the rematch in September.
“I’m OK, I’m just a little disappointed,” Ruiz said. “I should have listened to them. I tried to do the training on my own. There are no excuses…the partying and all that stuff got the best of me.”