Andy Ruiz celebrates his victory over Anthony Joshua.
Former Andy Ruiz promoter was surprised by the nature of the Mexican heavyweight's victory over Anthony Joshua because he did not qualify his punch.
"It's not something I would have predicted," said veteran prosecutor Bob Arum, who represented Ruiz for several fights early in his career. Telegraph following the impressive TKO of Ruiz's seventh round at Madison Square Garden. "Andy is a good fighter, he has fast hands and fast feet, but he has absolutely no punches."
"He was with a bunch of guys who did not know how to fight, and he defeated them, but he could not bring them down. The fact that he knocked out a fighter like Joshua, whom I had seen on television and in person against Joseph Parker, that shocked me
"Andy Ruiz is a lovely guy but he is not Wladimir Klitschko.If Joshua was able to survive Klitschko, who can punch and knock him down, how the hell did Ruiz defeat him? Unless it was not Joshua in the ring.Now that's something maybe he has not trained hard enough.Maybe he's been injured.When something like that happens, there may never be Joshua again. "
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Arum also asked that Joshua not make a rematch against Ruiz, despite the temptation to recover his three belts, and feared that the English fighter will never be the same after the surprise defeat.
"He will never be the same again," Arum said. "He could defeat Ruiz, but he will never be the same." Much of boxing is mental, opponents will never give him the respect he would have before.
"No one was able to beat Mike Tyson to Buster Douglas, so guys like Evander Holyfield figured they'd have a good shot at Mike because they were not intimidated."
"When Tyson became a pro, I paid Tyson every two weeks and they were all knockouts in a round." Because I would look through the ring to the opponent and the guy's legs would shake. diminished and the fighters have much more confidence. "