Andy Ruiz says Anthony Joshua shouldn’t have overlooked him
Andy Ruiz feels that he should have been Anthony Joshua’s main focus, rather than future opponents.
Andy Ruiz knew there was a growing anticipation of a showdown between Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Joshua aimed to keep making his case for the potential clash with a victory over Ruiz. But a shocking loss to Ruiz threw those plans down the drain.
For Ruiz (33-1, 22KOs), it all served as the right moment to provide Joshua and his team with a wake-up call. And he did it by knocking Joshua down four times to earn the TKO victory, along with Joshua’s titles.
“I think they looked over me,” said Ruiz. “I feel they should’ve paid attention to me first before making other plans to fighting Wilder and (Tyson) Fury, because I’m a dangerous fighter as well.”
Joshua (22-1, 21KOs) is expected to exercise his rematch clause against Ruiz. He’ll have to double-down his focus on Ruiz this time around if he wants to re-ignite talks of a bout against Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs).
As the new heavyweight unified champion, “The Destroyer” will look to make his statement on the division’s rankings.