In the sport of boxing, anything can happen, especially in the heavyweight division, where one punch can change it all. And in reality, that is what we saw back in June when Andy Ruiz Jr. defeated then unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.
After getting knocked down by Joshua in the round 3, Ruiz got back up and would eventually drop Joshua two times in that third round. Joshua was never the same after the third round and would get dropped two more times before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.
Since there was a rematch clause in place, Ruiz and Joshua will get it on again, and according to reports, the fight could take place in the fall, but where it will take place, is a mystery at this point, and recently, Ruiz had stated that he is not interested in fighting in the U.K.
When the fight does happen, according to former heavyweight champion Ray Mercer, Joshua will be victorious.
“I think he(Joshua) should go in there and knock that bum out,” Mercer recently told Paul Gant at Larry Holmes’ Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf Weekend. “I think he’ll knock him out. He got caught, and he got caught on the temple, and he couldn’t recover. I definitely think he is the better fighter.”
While Mercer believes Joshua will handle Ruiz in the rematch, he does not think that Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world. According to Mercer, it’s Tyson Fury.
“Tyson Fury, I have to give it to him; He’s a great fighter. I love him. I think he can be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Mercer said.
Listen below as Mercer talks Larry Holmes, Tommy Morrison, the heavyweight division, and so much more: