FORMER World Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. leans against Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch against Anthony Joshua.
The 32-year-old said he thinks the undefeated Ukrainian will successfully defend his WBO, WBA and IBF belts until he gets a bye from his victory in September.
Joshua and Usyk will fight in the ring for the second time in Jeddah next month on August 20.
AJ is once again traveling to Saudi Arabia to reclaim his old titles, just as he did when he outpointed Ruiz Jr. in their December 2019 rematch.
Ruiz Jr admitted he drank too much and celebrated too much after his shock victory over the British star.
Even his dad criticized Destroyer’s preparations for the rematch, stating that he was too busy “throwing the party” to train.
And Ruiz Jr has now stated that he thinks Usyk will do better than him against AJ if he doesn’t follow suit.
Speaking to iD Boxing, he said: “If Usyk doesn’t do what I did (can win), I’m sure he won’t because he was at the top of his game at cruiserweight and undisputed at cruiserweight.
“I think it can go either way. I know Anthony Joshua has a new trainer in Roberto Garcia, he’s trying to show him the Mexican style, to be aggressive, throw a lot of punches, be the first to come at him.”
“But Usyk is an awkward fighter, he’s an awkward lefty fighter, so we also picked a lefty in case we had to go over Usyk.
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“Even in sparring it’s a bit tricky but we’ve adapted to it, I’m pretty sure Anthony Joshua has sparred a lot because that’s exactly what helps us and when we have different styles he can adapt.
Ruiz Jr., who faces Luis Ortiz in September, has set his sights on a trilogy fight with Joshua regardless of whether the two win or lose their next fight.
And he added: “Obviously, that’s something we should have done. Once he beat me there, there was going to be a trilogy.”
“I should have had one more chance to get those belts back, just like we gave him a chance in the rematch.
“Things happen, he lost to Usyk again and the best wins.
“Of course there has to be a trilogy. Even if he loses or wins, or if I lose or win, there has to be a trilogy at some point and something like that.”
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