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Andy Ruiz Jr. Apologizes For Beating Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr has ramped up mind games ahead of his rematch with Anthony Joshua, by taking aim at his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Mexican, speaking with iFLTV, apologized to Hearn, for ending Joshua’s unbeaten record.
Speaking a month before the showdown in Saudi Arabia, Ruiz revealed how he needed Joshua to show the world what he was all about.
“I just needed that right moment and the right chance to prove who Andy Ruiz really is.
“So thank you Eddie Hearn for giving me this opportunity and I’m sorry for beating Anthony Joshua.
“And that’s what we’re planning to do on December 7 again, so don’t get your hopes up because this chubby kid is training really hard,” he said.

Anthony Joshua vows to ‘expose’ Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of Saudi Arabia rematch

Anthony Joshua has vowed to “expose” Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight championship rematch.
Ruiz Jr shocked Joshua to win the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in June.
But a second fight will take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
Joshua is confident ahead of the rematch and claims he knows some of the Mexican’s weaknesses.
“A little blip should not change you as a person.
“You should stay consistent with who you are.
“I can become familiar with him. I know what I’m in for. I know what I’m capable of. I know what he’s capable of.
“I know some of the attributes he possesses, and some of the weaknesses. I have to go about exposing him a little bit more.
“The first time I had him down [in the first fight], I could have been smarter. These little things you think about in your head.
“Now I meet him eye-to-eye again and, subconsciously, the clock is ticking and I start thinking more and more about the fight,” Joshuatold Sky Sports.

What Anthony Joshua told Andy Ruiz Jr in face-to-face meeting in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua has warned Andy Ruiz Jr, that December 7 is the last day he will carry the IBF, WBA and WBO belts.
The boxers went face to face for the first time in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, since Joshua was surprisingly beaten by Ruiz Jr in the country that will host their rematch.
Joshua was floored four times and beaten in seven rounds by the Mexican on his US debut in New York.
The surprise result ended Joshua’s unbeaten record, his world heavyweight title reign and his hope to fight Deontay Wilder to crown an undisputed champion.
At Wednesday’s press conference in Saudi Arabia, the Briton said: “I was up against a good challenger. Andy is champion now.
“That will last until December 7 when he puts his titles in the air. Two warriors to go war and the best man will walk out victorious.
“Being a champion is more than the belts. It’s about a championship mindset. The belts will go up in the air and we will fight for them again.”
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Andy Ruiz Jr fires back at Anthony Joshua over rematch venue

Andy Ruiz Jr has hit back at Anthony Joshua’s wish for their rematch to be held in the UK as negotiations over the location of the fight continue.
The Mexican shocked Joshua in New York to claim the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.
But a rematch clause was invoked for later this year with the location the only issue left to be sorted.
Joshua earlier told Sky Sports News: “Ruiz, I’ve seen he’s done a lot of talking about what he wants, but he don’t call the shots in that sense, it’s a team effort.
“It’s fine, I don’t mind fighting him in America, I’ve done it before, and I’d love to fight here because I had no reason to go in the first place.
“I went there off my own back, so for the rematch now, I would love it to be in Cardiff, however, [if] it’s going to be on neutral ground, Ruiz is the champ, we’ll kind of make some calls as well in that situation.
“But I’m going to battle for it to be in the UK, because it’s my stomping ground. I done one out there, so let’s do the rematch here. I think it will be amazing before the year is out and I’ll definitely be having a lovely New Year’s with my family.
“You’ve got two ends of it. There’s one, I’d fight in Tijuana and Ruiz’s uncle could be the referee and I would still whoop him. It don’t matter to me where it is, there’s that aspect, but then there’s the other aspect of the British fans that have been riding with me from day one want to see me get them belts back.
“Walking out in Cardiff in front of 70, 80, 90,000 people screaming and rooting for you to win, that type of energy that goes through your body is unstoppable, and I think that could give me that little bit of edge I need to win those belts.”
In response, Ruiz Jr tweeted: “AJ says he can ‘whoop’ me in Tijuana prove it let’s run it in Mexico. Remember that you did have a huge reason to come to America and that was to build your profile.”