Roy Jones Jr. says Anthony Joshua shouldn’t fight Andy Ruiz Jr. next


By Tim Royner: Roy Jones Jr. is recommending strongly that former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua should forget all about fighting an immediate rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. in his next fight, because he feels he needs take some tune-ups first. Jones says Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) will get out-boxed by Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) if he faces him next, because he lacks the skills to beat him.

Roy Jones Jr. knew Joshua was going to lose to Ruiz

Jones says he predicted that Joshua would lose to Ruiz before they fought earlier this month on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Roy thought AJ was overlooking Ruiz, because of his loss to Joseph Parker in 2016. What Joshua failed to understand is Ruiz Jr. should have never lost the fight to Parker, because it was a controversial decision. 

“I expected Andy Ruiz to beat Joseph Parker when he was in New Zealand,” said Jones to Fighthub. “For him to lose to Parker by a split decision in New Zealand he may not have lost that fight. He hasn’t lost confidence. He didn’t feel like he really lost the fight. You go to another guy’s country, and you get a split decision loss. You did not lose the fight. Of course, the home team is going to get it. What do you expect? Joshua looked at it like, ‘I beat Parker, and Parker beat Ruiz. This is a tune-up. I should probably out-box him,” said Jones.

Ruiz Jr. arguably should have been undefeated going into the fight with Joshua, because the loss to Parker was quite controversial in 2016. Although Parker feels he deserved the victory over Ruiz, the boxing world sees it differently. They saw Ruiz dominate Parker in front of his own fans in New Zealand. Joshua obviously figured that if Parker could beat Ruiz, then it would be no problem for him to do it as well. It was a mistake on Joshua’s part to overlook Ruiz, and now he’s got to try and come back from the loss.

Ruiz is the best combination puncher in the heavyweight division says Jones

“It’s not so easy, because Ruiz isn’t that type of fighter,” said Jones. “Ruiz is the best combination puncher in the division. If I was in my prime, Ruiz would be the last one that I would want to fight, because he throws combinations, and he has fast hands for a big guy. He’s bigger than they are, and he’s thick and strong. I knew he was going to beat Joshua. I didn’t think he was going to beat Joshua like that. Me and my son predicted he might beat Joshua, because he’d take him lightly because of how he looks,” said Jones.

Ruiz was 100 percent prepared for his fight with Joshua, and he took advantage of the British heavyweight’s inability to fight going backwards. Joshua hadn’t fought anyone before that put the kind of pressure on him that Ruiz did, which helps explain why he lost. The combination punching that Ruiz did really sunk Joshua’s ship, given that he couldn’t defend against his five to six punch combinations that he was throwing in round three and seven. Those are the rounds where Ruiz stepped up the pace of the fight, and Joshua wilted badly.

Joshua quit says Jones

“Andy Ruiz can box. He’s not the best fighter, but he can box. I thought he quit,” Jones said about Joshua. “Amir Khan in the Crawford fight, to me, that’s quitting. I like Amir Khan, but to me, I thought he quit.”

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