RuizJoshua2: Repeat or Revenge?

We are now less than 3 days away from the rematch that the world wants to see RuizJoshua2. However the question on everyone’s lips is will it be repeat or revenge?

Before we can try and answer that we must first look at their first fight, Joshua came into the fight as a massive favourite as Ruiz took the fight at 5 weeks’ notice, after Jarrell Miller was force to pull out after failing a drugs test. In the build up to the fight both men were very respectful while of course saying all the wright things, as both men were predicting a win however the bookies had Joshua as a big favourite. Then at the final press conference Joshua did something very unusual he gave his belts to Ruiz to hold and pose with them.

On fight night in front of a packed out Madison Square Garden both men made their ring walks Ruiz walked to the ring full of confidence, and he seemed to be loving the atmosphere. However when Joshua made his ring walk he just didn’t look wright he looked a bit like a rabbit in the headlights. Even during the introductions Ruiz looked like a man ready to fight and Joshua looked disinterested and like he didn’t want to be there.

At the start of the fight Joshua came out looking to work off his jab but unusually Joshua was boxing off the back foot it was all most like he couldn’t figure Ruiz out. These tactics continued in the second round, although Joshua won the first two rounds he just wasn’t busy enough. At the start of the third round Joshua landed a lovely combination which put Ruiz on the canvas, and everyone in the arena fought that was it the beginning of the end. Ruiz beat the count and Joshua went looking for the finish but as he moved in and started to land bigger shots Ruiz caught him with a shot on the head, which seemed to scramble his brain then a couple of shots later Joshua was on the canvas it was a much heavier knock down then Ruiz’s Joshua beat the count but his legs had gone. All he had to do to make it through the round would have been to tie Ruiz up but he tried to fight back and he was sent to the canvas again at the end of the round, he beat the count again and staggered back to his corner. From that point on Ruiz was in charge of the fight as he knew he could hurt Joshua and he knew he could take Joshua’s power. In the corner in between rounds although Rob McCraken was giving him good advice he didn’t seem to be listening. Then in between rounds 6 and 7 Joshua said “Why do I feel like this?” He’s never explained what he meant by the comment I think he knew he was losing the fight and he was feeling the pace. Then in the 7th round Joshua was put down twice more and the referee had decided that he’d seen enough and waved the fight off. Making Andy Ruiz Jr the first ever Mexican world heavyweight champion.

What went wrong for Anthony Joshua?

Many people have an opinion on what went wrong but here’s mine:

  • Did he over train?

He had a very long camp leading up to this fight and most of that was spent preparing for Jarrell Miller and when he had to pull out AJ would have still been in the gym ticking over then when Ruiz was announced he would have had to completely change the way he was training and get different sparring partners in. I know people will say that’s the life of a boxer, and it’s not the first time in his career he’s had to deal with a late change of opponent.

  • Did he overlook Andy Ruiz?

At the time of the first fight everyone was talking about a potential fight with Deontay Wilder for the undisputed world title, or an all British fight with Tyson Fury. So it is possible that he was looking past Ruiz. It is also possible that he started to believe he’s own hype because everyone thought he would just walk through Ruiz maybe he started to think the same thing.

  • He wasn’t up for the fight?

Some times when a fighter is a late replacement who everyone is saying he’s not in your league the fight can just become something you have to get through and you can treat it a bit like a sparring session, but when your opponent hasn’t read the scrip that’s when the fight can get difficult. AJ has said himself in interviews that he wasn’t up for the fight because he felt like he was fighting for nothing, which make sense when you think about it because he really had nothing to win and everything to lose.

I’m sure there are more things that went wrong that we will never know about I know it might sound like I’m trying to make excuses for Anthony Joshua’s performance, I’m not I’m just giving some possible reasons for his performance.

  • Repeat or Revenge?

So what’s going to happen on Saturday to be honest I don’t think anyone knows one thing’s for sure it should be a completely different fight.

If Joshua wants to win this fight he needs to put in a much better performance than he did in the first fight. He needs to be the Joshua of the last five years, on the front foot keeping Ruiz at range with his jab then the big combinations. If he does that I can’t see the fight going into the second half, if he doesn’t and he just looks for that one big shot he could be in trouble.

I think in this rematch we are going to see a completely different AJ because he’s going to want to prove that the first fight was just a bad night at the office. He’s also fighting for something not only the world title, but his boxing future because if he loses this fight it’s difficult to see where he goes from here.

Andy Ruiz is coming into this fight full of confidence because he knows he can hurt Joshua as his done it once and that was on only five weeks notice. I can see him using similar tactics as the first fight, I think he might look to keep low making himself a smaller target to hit. I think he could also look to use his movement to get on the inside and negate Joshua’s jab and try and lands shots to the body.

Although he’s champion all the pressure is still on Joshua but I can see him coming out trying to end the fight quicker than last time to prove to the world that the first fight wasn’t just a fluke.

Whatever happens one thing’s for sure this has all the ingredients to be a great fight because we’ve got a former champion looking to win his titles back, and avenge the only loss on his record, and a champion who wants to prove that he belongs at this level.

As always I love to hear what you guys think RuizJoshua2 will it be repeat or revenge? Please comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Deontay Wilder: Is Bronze Bomber about to defused?

Last weekend Deontay Wilder joined a very elite group of fighters, when he successfully defended his world title for the 10th time by defeating Luis Ortiz with a stunning 7th round knockout. Although this is an impressive feat is The Bronze Bomber about to be defused?

Now I know what your thinking have I completely lost the plot when I’m talking about a fighter with an undefeated record of 42-0-1 with 41 knockouts, been past his best and been on the verge of losing a fight but let’s look at the evidence. In only one of his last 3 fights has he looked like the Deontay Wilder we’ve come to expect, and that was when he destroyed Dominic Breazeale in 2 minutes and 17 seconds of the opening round with a perfectly timed overhand right laying him out with one punch.

Before the fight with Breazeale he took on Tyson Fury in one of the fights of the year for 2018. However he was out boxed for large parts of the fight despite putting Fury on the canvas twice in the fight he somehow managed to scrape a draw in a fight that many people thought Fury won. Check out my post on this fight and all the controversy surrounding it.

The rematch against Tyson Fury is pencilled in for February and I firmly believe that if he uses the same tactics that he used in the first fight he will lose. As Fury now knows that he can take Wilder’s power and for a big man Fury has very good foot movement, hand speed and head movement as well as a very good chin.

This brings us to last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the whole of the fight Ortiz was out boxing Wilder and he could barely land a meaningful shot and at times he looked clueless and like he didn’t want to be there. That is of course until the 7th round when he wiped Ortiz out with a huge overhand right. At the time of the stoppage all three judges had Ortiz up, 59-55 on two cards and 56-58 on the other.

In his last 3 or 4 fights you can definitely see a blueprint for beating Deontay Wilder keep him on the end of your jab, keep moving and that will frustrate him which will then leave him open to bigger shots. Another thing future opponents should try is to box him and not fight him because for a world champion he is severely lacking boxing skills.

The argument could be made that he is a bit of a one trick pony if he can’t land that big bomb like right then he’s out of ideas. Now I know all these things are easy to say and difficult to do especially when your in front of a man like Wilder and he’s trying to knock you out, and he’s not been world champion for so long for no reason however I think some of the fear factor of facing him has gone.

As always I love to hear what you guys think is Deontay Wilder on the slide? Please comment below and let me know what you think.

Dillian Whyte Could be Facing Another Ban from Boxing

On Saturday night Dillian Whyte put himself in pole position to get a shot at Deontay Wilders WBC title after out pointing Colombian Oscar Rives. However has he put all that in jeopardy as reports have emerged that he tested positive for a banned substance.

At a packed out O2 arena Whyte put on a boxing masterclass to win a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Colombian after surviving a knockdown in the 9th round, to win the fight 115-112, 115-112 and 116-111 on the judges’ cards.

Earlier this week reports emerged claiming that Whyte failed a drugs test on the 17th July, and his promoter and the British Boxing Bored of Control knew about the result before the fight nevertheless the fight went ahead as planned.

In order to quash some of the rumours surrounding Whyte his promoter Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to release this eddie hearn statement Dillian Whtye:

 

As you can see he says that both fighters were cleared to fight on Saturday night but surely if you where 100% sure that your man was clean you would have come out and categorically denied that Dillian Whyte had done anything wrong.

So what happens next the UKAD have declined to comment to what will happen next with Whyte, but as we all know the B sample normally backs up the A sample, so it is looking increasingly likely that his case will be referred to the National Anti-Doping Panel.

The whole situation apart from been a real mess, could take years to resolve. It’s a similar situation to the Tyson Fury case when he was given a 2 year backed dated ban.

This is not the first time that Dillian Whyte has been in trouble with doping back in 2012 he was banned after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.

At the moment however it is important to remember that nothing has happened yet so Saturdays result is still official and Dillian Whyte is still the number one contender for the WBC title, and his 10 fight winning streak goes on.

As always I love to hear what you guys think what should happen to Dillian Whyte if in fact he is found guilty again?

The Future Looks Bright For Charlie Edwards

The future looks bright for Charlie Edwards after he successfully made his maiden world title defence at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

He made his professional debut on the 31st January 2015 against Craig Derbyshire a fight he won with a 4th round knockout. He then went on to win his next 8 fights, picking up the British and the WBC International Silver titles along the way.

This early success meant that he got the opportunity to fight for the world title. On the 10th September 2016 on the undercard of Golovkin Brook, he got into the ring with John Riel Casimero for his IBF title. Unfortunately he came up short been out boxed for large parts of the fight, before been stopped in the 10th round. After this fight many people questioned whether or not he had the ability to compete at world level. Although many believed like me that the shot at the world title just came too soon and he just wasn’t ready.

Despite his first loss as a professional he was soon back in action returning to the ring on the 26th November 2016 were he scored a stunning 3rd round knockout victory over Gerorgi Georgiev. Then in his following fight he was back in the hunt for titles as he took on Iain Butcher for the then vacant British title this time however the fight was up a Super Flyweight. He put on a boxing clinic to win a wide unanimous decision 120-108, 120-109 and 120-108 on the judges cards.

He extended his winning streak scoring victories over Craig Derbyshire on points and a knockout victory over Ricky Little before once again taking another step closer to a second world title shot when he took on Anthony Nelson, stopping Nelson in the 3rd round to claim the WBA Continental title.

Then came his big chance a second shot at the world title, on the 22nd December 2018 on the undercard of Whyte Chisora 2 back at the O2 which was the same arena where he failed in his world title bid 2 years earlier he stepped in the ring with Cristofer Rosales for his WBC Flyweight title. From the opening bell he looked like a man on a mission showing his classy boxing skills and at times making Rosales look silly before winning a wide unanimous decision 112-116, 110-118 and 111-117 on the judges cards to finally get his hands on the world title, and with his ill mum at ringside I’m sure that made the moment even sweeter.

In his post fight interview an emotional Charlie Edwards said this:

I’ve given this sport everything; even during the ups and downs I’ve never stopped believing.

“My mum… I was always a mummy’s boy growing up and it really hurt when she went through what she went through and I always promised her the belt.”

In my opinion the performance he put in to win the title was one if not the best of his career.

This past Saturday he was top of the bill defending his title against Spaniard Angel Moreno. This performance was truly one of a world champion as he just out boxed and out worked his opponent for the whole fight. He got a bit complacent at times showboating for the crowd but still managed a shutout victory winning the decision 120-107 on all three cards

I started this post by saying the future is bright for Charlie Edwards and the reason I say that is because now he’s got so many options there are good domestic world title fights out there for him against the likes of Kel Yiafi. Or Andrew Selby although the Selby fight now looks very unlikely with him been knocked out at the weekend in Mexico. Charlie has made it clear what he wants, he wants to unify the devision and become the best in the world.

As always I love to hear what you guys think who would you like to see Charlie Edwards fight next?

The Heavyweight Saga Continued

The Heavyweight devision at the minute although booming is in a mess, with everyone expecting an announcement last week on Anthony Joshua’s next opponent this week the saga continued.

It was widely expected that Joshua V Whyte 2 would be announced last week but speaking last Saturday at the O2 Dillian Whyte said that the Joshua fight was dead. It has been reported that Whyte was offered 5 million pounds to fight Joshua at Wembley Stadium on the 13th April but he turned it down opting instead to chase a fight with Dominic Breazeale to cement his position as mandatory challenger, which I can fully understand because as a mandatory challenger he would demand more money. However Whyte is now nearly 31 so he’s not going to have many more years left at the top level. I understand that Whyte knows what he’s worth I also understand that boxing is a business but if he keeps taking fights for the payday he may miss his chance to fight for a world title, and if he keeps taking hard fights he’s putting a lot of miles on the clock. Surely there comes a point when you have to forget about money and just fight for the title, and if he wins then he can write his own ticket.

As we all know Wembley Stadium has been booked for Joshua on 13th April since before he fought Povetkin unfortunately that now looks almost certain to be cancelled. Which is a shame for every British boxing fan that has had that date circled on their calendar for nearly 2 years. I agree that Joshua is the Heavyweight champion of the world so he needs to defend his titles around the world, but first I think he should fulfil his commitment to his British fans who has supported him since day one

It’s now looking increasingly likely that Joshua will be making his American debut on the 1st June at the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden in New York against Jarrell Miller. The biggest problem with this fight is that Miller isn’t even a household name in his own country. There’s no question that the money would still be huge but it’s not all about the money it’s about the fans and the Miller fight is only going to appeal to your hardcore boxing fan and not the public as a whole and it’s when the casual boxing fans get involved in a fight that it really takes on a life of its own.

I know it’s sounds like I’m just having a go at Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn but I’m not Joshua’s next fight is not the only fight that struggling to be made as on Tuesday the 5th February the WBC announced that they have extended the deadline for purse bids for the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury . This means that both sides have got another week of free negotiations. However if purse bids cannot be agreed by next Tuesday 12th February the fight will be made with a 60-40 split in Wilder’s favour.

We know that Anthony Joshua wanted to fight Wilder for the undisputed heavyweight championship at Wembley on the 13th April but that fight couldn’t be made as the WBC insisted that Wilder fights Fury next.

I know this post sounds like I’m just having a rant but I’m not I’m just sick of politics ruining the sport that we love and if it keeps going this way it’s not only going to be the Heavyweight devision that will be in trouble it’s going to be the sport as a whole. If we don’t see the best fighting the best the public will lose interest and then the sport is at risk of dying out.

I apologise if this post sounds more like a rant I just don’t like the way our sport is going I think fighters and promoters need to remember that it’s not all about the money it’s about entertaining the fans. As always I love to hear what you guys think. How would you like to see the mess of the Heavyweight devision get resolved?