Tyson Fury one million per cent confident Andy Ruiz Jr will win Anthony Joshua rematch as his first victory ‘wasn’t a fluke’

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    TYSON FURY is “one million per cent” confident that Andy Ruiz Jr will beat Anthony Joshua in their rematch on December 7.

    The Gypsy King, 31, claimed it “wasn’t a fluke” that the 25-1 outsider dethroned the British superstar in New York on June 1.

    Tyson Fury has continued his war of words with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua
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    Joshua, 29, will be gunning for revenge when he goes head-to-head with the Mexican, 29, in Saudi Arabia.

    But Fury, who will fight Otto Wallin on September 14, has predicted Ruiz will keep hold of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

    When asked if he expected another knockout, Fury told First Take: “One million per cent. I thought Ruiz won every round in that fight.

    “It wasn’t a fluke punch like Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis. In the rematch, Lewis turned up and didn’t get hit with a punch and knocked him out.

    “He clearly lost the rounds. He was getting outboxed, he was getting outfought and then he got knocked down three times to boot.

    “So I don’t see him really improving, not unless he comes out on his toes and tries to do a Tyson Fury and slip out the way which he doesn’t have the body type or boxing ability to do.”

    ‘NOW IT’S ABOUT RUIZ’

    He added: “I’m a big believer in – When one door closes, another one opens.

    “It was all about Joshua at that time when he was fighting Ruiz, nobody gave Ruiz a prayer.

    “But now it’s about Ruiz and I believe Ruiz does exactly the same the second time round.”

    Fury has even joked that AJ “gets no more p***y” after being KO’d by “little fat guy” Andy Ruiz Jr.

    And there is speculation surrounding the rematch as Ruiz has insisted it will not take place in Saudi Arabia.

    It has also been reported that the 29-year-old wants £8million more than he originally signed up for. 

    But promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted it is going ahead as the 34-1 Mexican has signed the contract for a fight in Diriyah.

    Joshua has been knuckling down ahead of the highly anticipated bout and fans are convinced he now looks like “a boxer instead of a bodybuilder.”

    And Fury has not ruled out the Watford-born bruiser reclaiming his belts from the Mexican.


    He added: “The only prayer that Joshua’s got of beating Andy Ruiz is catching him like he did when he knocked him down. And jumping on him, and getting him out of there.

    “We’ve seen it happen before. No-one’s invincible, it only takes one punch in the heavyweight division.

    “But if he doesn’t land that punch early on in the fight, I don’t believe he wins, I think Ruiz wins again.”

    Anthony Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles to Andy Ruiz Jr in June
    PA:Press Association

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