Andy’ The Destroyer’ Ruiz Jr. is a man on a mission when he marches into his rematch with Anthony Joshua this December dubbed as the ‘Clash of the Dunes.’
The Mexican-American boxer shocked the world last June, following a seventh-round technical knockout of the then-undefeated and heavy favourite, Joshua, to snatch the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles.
Ruiz Jr. was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller in that Madison Square Garden bout and was also billed as the underdog but ended up pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing’s heavyweight history.
Turning to his power, Ruiz scored two knockdowns in the third round and another one in the seventh round to complete the upset win.
Andy Ruiz is now the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history.
On this historic win, ‘the Destroyer’ dedicated it to all the people who have been counted out because of their size.
Going into the rematch with the British sensation, Ruiz Jr. is aiming to end AJ’s career with another victory.
Anthony Joshua beaten!
By this fella.
It’s a great world we live in. pic.twitter.com/ko9S604hic
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 2, 2019
After negotiating a better fight purse, Ruiz Jr has agreed to rematch Joshua on December 7 in Saudi Arabia despite reports claiming that the Mexican-American was refusing to visit the country due to safety issues.
Joshua and his promoter received significant backlash after deciding to hold the rematch in Saudi Arabia as the rematch might be a cover-up for its human rights violations.
In a previous interview, Joshua, meanwhile, admitted that complacency was a massive factor in his loss and vowed to reclaim the heavyweight titles in the rematch.
“I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause because I was so confident I was going to win,” Joshua revealed, per The Guardian.
“If it’s there, we’ll go again and I’ll get the titles back. I’m going to beat him up.”
“I’m not dwelling on it. You just correct it, you adjust, you sit down, you focus and you go again.”
Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn predicts that Joshua will dominate the scorecards.
“Joshua wins on points. I think it’s more getting the strategy right for this fight. ‘But more importantly, getting the mindset right for this fight.”
Andy Ruiz Jr wants to “end” Anthony Joshua’s career when the pair meet in the Middle East on December 7th. pic.twitter.com/FPLE9DpaKV
— Boxing For All (@BoxingForAlI) August 24, 2019
Ending AJ’s Career
As for the ‘Destroyer,’ he is not just looking to defend the heavyweight titles against Joshua but is also aiming to send the challenger to retirement.
In a latest Twitter post, Ruiz Jr said Joshua’s career will end in the desert if and when he succeeds in dealing with his second-straight defeat.
“I dethroned the king June 1st and made history becoming the first Mexican/American heavyweight champion of the world.”
“I’m looking forward to ending his career in the desert. Mostrare la grandeza del boxeo mexicano en Arabia Saudita.”
I dethroned the king June 1st and made history becoming the first Mexican/American Heavyweight Champion of the world. I’m looking forward to ending his career in the desert. Mostrare la grandeza del boxeo mexicano en Arabia Saudita. 🥊🇲🇽🇺🇸🇸🇦🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/4asTzG4N7C
— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) August 24, 2019
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