Andy Ruiz Jr’s shock win over Anthony Joshua branded ‘lucky’ by beaten AJ opponent
Anthony Joshua’s former adversary Dominic Breazeale has called out Andy Ruiz Jr by branding his stunning knockout win over AJ last year “lucky”. Ruiz Jr made history by becoming the first ever Mexican world heavyweight champion when he beat Joshua.
Going into the fight, Ruiz Jr was a huge underdog and he wasn’t deemed to have a chance of upsetting the odds.
He also came into the bout on a month’s notice, after previous opponent Jarrell Miller was pulled from the fight because he failed three drug tests.
Ruiz Jr was dropped in the third round of the fight with Joshua but came back to send AJ to the canvas twice in the same round.
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He then scored two more knockdowns in the seventh before referee Mike Griffin stopped the fight.
The victory was compared to Buster Douglas’ shocking win over Mike Tyson in the 1990s.
Ruiz Jr, however, struggled with his motivation soon after, failed to train correctly, came into the rematch overweight and lost his belts to Joshua.
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And Breazeale believes it’s clear that luck was a huge factor in beating Joshua to begin with.
“I think that in the first situation he got lucky,” Breazeale told the PBC podcast.
“And when I say lucky, you know, I don’t say that he closed his eyes and threw punches and landed something.
“He just happened to land the big shot before Joshua did, and you know, became victorious.
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“I don’t think he put in the work that he needed to do coming into the second fight.
“He definitely didn’t look the part.
“I know he stood on his feet for 12 rounds, but Joshua was playing it safe and was able to overcome Andy Ruiz and get his belts back and [pick up] a victory in the second fight.
“I think Andy understands, you know.
“He kind of dropped the ball in that fight now, and he’s working towards his next title shot.
“I think, you know, I should be one of the individuals he needs to go up against before he gets back in there and fights for another title.”
Breazeale has fought for a world title twice in his career, first against Joshua in 2016, where he was stopped in the seventh round.
But last year he suffered his most damaging defeat when he was knocked out cold in a WBC title fight with Deontay Wilder.
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