Boxing columnist Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated sure – American heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2-0, 22 KO) will be able to become a double world champion.
“I do not agree with the majority and think that Andy Ruiz has a chance to win another world title. His career is now at its peak. Despite the terrible performance in the rematch with Joshua, he is only 30 years old, and the reason for his defeat was that he did not train.
He allowed Joshua to get the maximum benefit during the fight. Ruiz looked like rocky Balboa after defeating Apollo Creed. He relaxed, because he had no motivation to fight like a true champion.
I remember who was Ruiz before the first battle with Joshua. It was a guy who was on the very edge or the span of not losing to Joseph Parker. He beat Kevin Johnson, and then knocked out Alexander Dmitrienko. And he gained enough momentum to climb into the ring in Madison Square Garden and knock out Anthony Joshua,” said Mannix.