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Andy Ruiz Jr has backed old foe Anthony Joshua to beat Tyson Fury later this year, but only if he goes on the offensive.
Joshua is set for a pair of mouthwatering heavyweight battles with Fury, having reached an agreement to face his domestic rival twice in 2021.
While he currently holds three of the four recognised world heavyweight titles, many believe AJ is an outsider heading into his clash with the WBC champion.
Yet Ruiz, who handed Joshua his first professional loss in June 2019 before losing their rematch six months later, insists his former opponent has the tools to come out on top.
“Fury has a really weird style,” the Mexican-American told the Daily Mail.
“I feel if Joshua doesn't box around – like he did to me – and goes forward, throws his combinations, I think Anthony will pull out the victory.”
Ruiz sent shockwaves rippling through the boxing landscape by toppling Joshua in New York.
He became Mexico’s first ever world heavyweight champion as a result, yet in the end his reign proved short-lived.
After piling on the pounds ahead of their rematch in December 2019, Ruiz slumped to a conclusive points defeat against Joshua in Saudi Arabia, meaning he was left to rue excessive partying and eating in the wake of his shock victory at Madison Square Garden.
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The former champion has revealed he reached the lowest point of his life following the rematch loss, saying: “I shut myself like a turtle, I was just hiding from the world.
“There were times when I would go out and party but that was because my heart was empty.
“I was depressed, I was mad at myself. I was mad at the people around me.
“It’s crazy how when you’re on top, everybody’s there with you, supporting you. But when you lose, a lot of the people scatter away.”
Ruiz is set to make his long-awaited return to the ring against Chris Arreola on May 1.
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