Andy Ruiz claims Anthony Joshua was ‘scared’ during fight against Oleksandr Usyk
Joshua was defeated by Usyk on unanimous points, losing his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles to the Ukrainian. Joshua was also defeated for the second time in four fights inside the ring.
Ruiz, who defeated Joshua in June 2019 before the Briton won their rematch six months later, stated that Joshua was “frightened and holding back a bit” in his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Ruiz told FightHype.com, ‘I thought Anthony was going to be the stronger man.’
‘He just sort of lingered there.’ I’m not sure why he wasn’t moving around as he was the second time we fought.
‘He rushed about making sure he wasn’t hit, and if he was, he grabbed and moved around.’ So that was his plan. But things didn’t go his way in this fight.
‘It was most likely the incorrect strategy.’ He most likely misjudged him. It’s similar to what I did with Chris Arreola (in May where Ruiz won via unanimous decision).
‘I believe Anthony Joshua is still alive and well. I got the impression he was nervous and was holding back a little. Perhaps it was Usyk’s lefty style and the way he moves.’
Joshua is scheduled to fight Usyk again next year in an attempt to reclaim his world heavyweight championships for the second time.