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Andy Ruiz Jr blames ‘three months of partying and celebrating’ for defeat to Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia


ANDY RUIZ JR has admitted "three months of partying" was to blame for his one-sided defeat to Anthony Joshua.

Back in June the Mexican delivered one of boxing's biggest ever shocks when he floored AJ four times on the way to a seventh-round stoppage win.

But on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, it was a very different Ruiz Jr standing toe-toe-toe with Joshua - weighing 15lbs heavier for a start.

And speaking after the fight, Ruiz Jr admitted his preparation was to blame for the tame loss.

The 30-year-old said: "Three months of partying and celebrating affected me, what can I say?

"Being overweight, I wasn't fluid enough, I wasn't moving the way I wanted to move.

"I think if I'm lighter I'm going to let my hands go and be a completely different fighter."


He was then asked what he'd do differently if granted a rematch with Joshua.

He replied: "Listen to my coach. Listen to my dad. And take it more seriously.

"I'm OK, I'm just a little disappointed. I should have listened to them.

"I tried to do the training on my own. I should have listened to them more.

"There's no excuses...the partying and all that stuff got the best of me.

"For being out of shape I did pretty good, I took all his shots.

"I got him a few times ... If we'd have gone toe to toe ... For the trilogy I know I'm going to be a lot better."

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