Ex-heavyweight champ Ray Mercer thinks Joshua will knock Ruiz out in rematch(VIDEO)

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:

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Ex-champ Larry Holmes: I had no body, no chest, but I had a jab(VIDEO)

When Andy Ruiz beat Anthony Joshua back in June, many were shocked, some were amazed, and others pointed to his body. Ruiz is not a guy who is going to win a bodybuilding contest, but many forget that boxing is not a bodybuilding contest, and Ruiz proved that against Joshua.

One man who dominated the heavyweight division in the ’80s, the great Larry Holmes, was another boxer that did not have the greatest physique. However, it did not matter. Holmes would go on to have 20 straight title defenses, and at one point, was 48-0, and one win away from tying Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0, before losing to Michael Spinks in 1985.

While Holmes did not have the body, he sure had the jab, which is considered by some to be the greatest jab in history of the heavyweight division.

“I had no body, no chest,” Holmes told Paul Gant. “I had big arms, but that’s all I had, but you know what, it’s this.”(Holmes begins to throw his legendary jab)

In the end, Holmes believes if you use the jab effectively, you will have a lot of success.

“If you can work a jab, you gonna win,” Holmes added.

Holmes also had toughness. Whether it was winning the 15th round against Ken Norton to capture his first title in 1978, or getting off the mat to stop Ernie Shavers, Holmes always did what he needed to do to get the victory.

Through it all, “The Easton Assassin” also gave back to his community, which is one of the reasons there is a statue of Holmes in his hometown of Easton, Pennsylvania.

Last weekend, we caught up with Holmes at his 5th annual Heart of a Legend Celebrity Golf weekend in Easton, PA.

Listen below as Holmes talks the importance of giving back to his community, his jab, and more.

For more information about the Heart of a Legend foundation, go to the website www.heartofalegend.org.  

 

 

Parker on Joshua: ‘Andy(Ruiz) has got the blueprint to beat him’

Joseph Parker is ready to step up his ambitions to reclaim his World champion status as he faces Alex Leapai at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Parker (25-2 19 KOs) returned to winning ways at home in Christchurch, New Zealand in December with a third round stoppage following two blockbuster nights in Britain. The Kiwi first took on Anthony Joshua in a unification battle in Cardiff in March 2018, surrendering his WBO crown on points. Parker then returned to the UK and met Joshua’s old foe Dillian Whyte and served up a fight of the year contender in London in July, climbing off the canvas in the second and ninth rounds to floor Whyte in the final session, but being edged out on the cards.

Parker landed the vacant WBO title against Andy Ruiz Jr, whose recent stunning win over Joshua in New York has thrown the division wide open. The Kiwi was in the Big Apple that weekend after signing a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and Eddie Hearn, and the 27-year-old had warned that the Mexican was a real threat to the unbeaten Briton’s World reign.

With Ruiz and Joshua set to meet in a rematch later in the year, while Whyte meets Oscar Rivas in another blockbuster clash in England’s capital in a month’s time. With WBC king Deontay Wilder and former World champion Tyson Fury likely to clash in rematch in 2020, Parker knows he must see off Leapai (32-7-4 26 KOs) in style in Rhode Island to get into position to retain his World champion status.

“The only way to settle the score is to fight again,” said Parker. “I will fight any top fighter but I want to fight for World titles again, I know where I am and that I need to climb to the top again.

“Andy’s got a great chin and so do I. We’re different fighters from 2016, he’s improved dramatically and we saw that in the performance, and I am a lot better than I was when we first fought back then.

“Everyone was leaning towards AJ getting an easy victory but we knew what Andy presented and what he brought to the fight, so it wasn’t a surprise to us, but we didn’t know he was going to stop him like that so it was a surprise in that sense, but we knew he had the ability to put in a great performance like that so congratulations to him and his team.

“I don’t know how the rematch is going to go which is why it’s so exciting and people will look forward to it because we don’t know how it will unfold. We’re not sure if AJ is going to come back and look better, box from the outside, or if Andy is going to come and put on more pressure and throw more punches, so I am excited to see it again.

“Andy has got the blueprint to beat him. I wouldn’t say exposed him, but you put pressure on, throw punches and combinations and you do your best to land, that’s what Andy did. I am a different fighter to Andy, he takes a punch to give a punch whereas I try my best to avoid punches, but he showed that it works and he took some to land a lot more.

“Tyson and I have a great relationship, he’s kind of like an older brother in the same division as me. From the time I was with him in Manchester in September 2017 until now, he’s completely changed physically and mentally, he’s a lot happier. You never say never when it comes to fighting anyone.”

Parker’s clash with Leapai is part of a huge night of World title action in Providence as hometown hero Demetrius Andrade defends his WBO Middleweight strap against Maciej Sulecki and unbeaten WBA Super-Flyweight king Kal Yafai defends his strap against mandatory challenger Norbelto Jimenez.

Joshua: ‘Fighting Andy(Ruiz) for me is just as dangerous as fighting Wilder or Fury’

Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua(22-0. 21 KOs) will make his much anticipated American debut on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden against Andy Ruiz(.32-1, 21 KOs).

Obviously, Joshua wants to impress because it’s his first time fighting on American soil. Also, after what we saw Deontay Wilder do to Dominic Breazeale(first-round KO) two weeks ago, Joshua might feel the pressure to look spectacular on June 1. However, Ruiz is no slouch. In his only loss, many believed he beat Joseph Parker in their matchup from 2016, and according to Joshua, Ruiz is someone he knows he has to take seriously.

“Fighting Andy for me is just as dangerous as fighting Wilder or (Tyson)Fury because they both possess their own skills, so I have to take Andy deadly serious,” Joshua said at a press conference today. “I don’t overlook him at all, I respect him and respect his team, and I really respect he put his name on the dotted line to take this challenge. No challenge is easy, no matter what the bookers are telling you or the odd makers. Andy is going to come in here and give me a real good fight and cause problems, and it’s down to me as a champion to think smart, box clever, outbox, out strength, and outmuscle Andy Ruiz to get that win.

“No fight like after the fight when your hands are raised, your opponent has been defeated and thinking about being on a beach, or being with your family, and focus on the next challenge ahead. Right now I’m only champion till June 1 when I have to defend my titles. I’m currently the heavyweight champion of the world, but June 1 I put them in the air, and they’re up for grabs. Let the best man win.”

Comparing Ruiz to Fury and Wilder is a little bit of a stretch, but Joshua has to sell the fight, so I get it. In boxing, you have to take all of your opponents seriously because anything can happen. But, if Joshua is who we think he is, he should walk out of that ring on Saturday night still undefeated and still a champion.

Photo: Ed Muholland

Ruiz: ‘I’m going to pull out the upset’

Andy Ruiz Jr. says he is ready to shock the world by ripping the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles from Anthony Joshua this Saturday June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

The California man has stepped into the breach after original challenger Jarrell Miller failed multiple drugs tests, and can now create history by becoming Mexico’s first ever Heavyweight ruler by upsetting unified champion Joshua on his big US debut.

Ruiz is being overlooked by many, but the 29-year-old is relishing being the underdog for his “dream opportunity” and believes being written off could work in his favour as he looks to become a Heavyweight champ at the second time of asking.

“It just gives me more motivation all the guys talking crap,” said Ruiz. “I don’t know if they are mad because I have got this opportunity, but I don’t have anything bad to say about anyone, I talk in the ring with my fists. I’m so mentally strong and prepared for this fight that I don’t care what people have to say.

“A lot of people underestimate me, like I said, the way I look, my appearance, but as soon as they see me throw punches, I’m going to pull out the upset. This is what I have worked for my whole life, I’m here to take what Anthony has. I’m ready to shock the world.

“People will see what I can do. It’s going to be an all action fight, with two big guys punching each other in the face, hard. I’m in this to win it. Everyone else that has fought him has lost before they get in there, I’m not thinking like that, and that’s the difference.

“The most important thing is to win and prove to the fans that I belong at this elite level. I’m not going to chase the KO but I know that it’s there if I execute my combinations. I’m feeling good and ready, AJ hasn’t boxed for nine months and I’m sharper than ever and very motivated.”

“He’s big, but the advantages I have are in speed, movement and coming forward. Everyone AJ fights is scared. I’m not scared of anyone apart from the man upstairs. There’s a lot of doubters out there but I don’t care, they only give me more motivation and confidence.”

Joshua and Ruiz collide on a huge night of action at Madison Square Garden with Irish sensation Katie Taylor clashing with Delfine Persoon for the undisputed Women’s World Lightweight championship, Callum Smith defending his WBA World ‘Super’, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight titles against Hassan N’Dam, Josh Kelly making his US debut as he defends his WBA International Welterweight title against Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson, Joshua Buatsi defending his WBA International Light-Heavyweight title against Marco Antonio Periban, Chris Algieri defending his WBO International title against Britain’s Tommy Coyle in a crunch Super-Lightweight showdown, Olympic bronze medallist Souleymane Cissokho taking on Mexico’s Vladimir Hernandez, Texas Middleweight Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams fighting in his second pro contest and LA Middleweight Diego Pacheco looking to move to 4-0.

Photo/Courtesy: Ed Mullohand

Joshua: ‘I think Andy(Ruiz) is a great challenger and will bring it on June 1’

Anthony Joshua has insisted that he hasn’t underestimated Andy Ruiz Jr. “one bit” ahead of their unified Heavyweight World title clash at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday June 1, shown live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.

The California-based Mexican is in his second World title tilt having pushed former WBO Heavyweight ruler Joseph Parker to the limit in the Kiwi’s hometown in December 2016, being edged out by the finest of margins via a majority decision.

Ruiz has another golden opportunity to create history by becoming the first ever Mexican Heavyweight World Champion in the Big Apple next week and the ‘Destroyer’ has warned IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champ ‘AJ’ to under-estimate him at his peril.

Joshua heads into his highly-anticipated US debut as a heavy favorite with many bookies but the British sensation says he is all too aware of the threats posed by his latest challenger, who he feels is deserving of a second World title shot after stepping up to the plate when others shied-away.

“It’s not about what you look like, it’s a craft, a skill, and what’s in your heart and your head matters in the end,” said Joshua. “Andy has shown he has all that, he can fight and box, that’s what matters. I think Andy is a great challenger and will bring it on June 1.

“All I’ve heard is ‘AJ will smash him in a round’. From the outside they think that anyone can box, so how is the guy that doesn’t look like a fighter able to box? I always say that if you put ten bodybuilders in the ring, not one of them could fight for a regional title in boxing.

“Take me out of my body but keep the same attributes and height, same jab, same chin, same heart and same mind, but I looked different – I’d still get to the same position I am in because it’s what is within you that makes a champion, your genetics, and his genetics are the same – and he took the fight!

“He’s keen, he’s game and you cannot knock him. He can fight and he’s got hands. He gave a World Champion in Joseph Parker lots of problems, and when you look at the fight the Parker gave Whyte when people are saying Whyte can beat Wilder, Fury and me, Andy is championship level for sure, and I have not underestimated him one bit.”

Joshua and Ruiz clash on a huge night of action at MSG with Irish sensation Katie Taylor clashing with Delfine Persoon for the undisputed Women’s World Lightweight championship, New Yorker Chris Algieri defending his WBO International title against Tommy Coyle is a crunch Super-Lightweight showdown and Josh Kelly making his US debut as he defends his WBA International Welterweight title against Philadelphia’s Ray Robinson – with more exciting undercard additions announced this week.

Anthony Joshua on Miller: ‘The spirits know who you are and what you are about’

Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller was about to have the biggest fight of his life on June 1 when he was slated to face unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden. However, Miller was not able to stay clean enough to get to fight night.

Miller reportedly tested positive three times for banned substances and was denied a license by the New York State Athletic Commission. Miller was also suspended six months by the WBA.

Now, Joshua will battle Andy Ruiz on June 1.

Some, including WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, believe Miller should be banned for life, but others, like Joshua, believe Miller should get a second chance.

“I know what a second chance in life gave me. I made my own mistakes. It wasn’t anything to do with drugs and cheating, but in life,” Joshua told TMZ Sports.  “I would like Miller to have a second chance at life, but if he is going to carry on the same way and he has not really, truly learned, then the powers at be up above will not give him that second chance at life. The spirits know who you are and what you are about.  If you are a good person, and you are willing to make a change, good things will come to you. If not, nothing is going to come your way.”

Obviously, Miller messed up, but unfortunately, this is not the first time he has messed up. Miller tested positive for a banned substance in 2014 when he was a kick-boxer, so you have to wonder if this is truly an isolated incident.

We have seen many fighters test positive and get second chances, and I think Miller should get the same opportunity to prove that he is a “clean” fighter. He will probably fight again, but whether he gets another shot at the title could be a different story. I’ll guess we will have to wait and see.

Ruiz on Joshua: ‘I think being so tall he fights like a big robot’

After weeks of waiting, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua(22-0, 21 KOs) finally has an opponent. Joshua will battle Andy Ruiz(32-1, 21 KOs) on June 1 at Madison Square Garden. Ruiz will replace Jarrell Miller, who reportedly tested positive for three different banned substances.

While some believe Joshua will have no issues in this fight, Ruiz wants to become the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion and expects to get the nod on June 1.

“When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change,” Ruiz said. “I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico; it’s going to mean everything. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives; my life and all my kids. It’s a win-win situation right now, but the main thing is to win the fight and make history.”

Ruiz expects an exciting fight against Joshua, and according to Ruiz, we could see a slugfest.

“I think the fight is going toe-to-toe, two guys smashing each other’s faces,” Ruiz said. “I’m going in there to throw combinations like I’ve never done before, to improve my speed. A lot of people underestimated me, and I’m used to that. My whole life people underrated me, so I’m just going in there to take all. I’m not going in there scared, and I’m not going in there nervous, I’m going to go in there mad and to take what’s mine.

The 29-year-old Ruiz, who is coming off a stoppage victory over Alexander Dimitrenko in April, is very confident that he can take advantage of Joshua’s fighting style.

“I think being so tall he fights like a big robot,” Ruiz said. “I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me. It’s going to be a whole different ball game. All the guys that he’s fought, they usually run around from him. I don’t think he’s good going back. I’m going to bring the pressure, the speed, and the combinations to him.”

I think Joshua-Miller would have been the better fight, but Ruiz is not a bad replacement, and his only loss happened in 2016 against Joseph Parker, in a fight many believe he won.

Joshua is still the favorite, but Ruiz will be competitive.