“In America you have to have a dream, and have the heart to pursue it. I am a family man and a nice guy but, inside the ring, I am an animal.”
Andy Ruiz Jr believes that he has recognized Anthony Joshua’s weaknesses and can present him “no respect” of their world heavyweight title combat.
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Joshua defends the IBF, WBA and WBO belts in his US debut on June 1, stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace, however challenger Ruiz Jr plans to “take advantage” of his alternative to trigger an upset.
“There are weaknesses,” Ruiz Jr advised Sky Sports activities. “He’s the most effective proper now as a result of he has the belts. However the guys he has fought? I’ve sparred with them and so they would not need to combat with me.
“AJ has a method which can make me look spectacular. Sure, he is sturdy and large. However my type will take away his benefits.
“That is enterprise. I don’t have anything dangerous to say about AJ. I am the challenger and he’s the champion.
“There may be respect between me and him – however contained in the ring there can be no respect and I will attempt to win and knock him out.”
Joshua is aiming to stay unbeaten in a 23rd combat, and an eighth world title combat, and has put collectively a string of victories that features Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin.
However Ruiz Jr stated: “Carlos Takam, Dillian Whyte? I thought: ‘I can do rather a lot higher than these guys’.
“I’m an thrilling fighter. Folks take a look at me and say: ‘he is gradual, he’ll get drained’. However I’m a mix fighter.
“I transfer, I throw punches, I go in to knock out my opponents.
“All people that fights Joshua has fought scared – they transfer round and check out to not get hit. However I’m not frightened of getting hit. I’m right here to get hit, and hit again.
“Folks like watching me combat as a result of I’m not scared and I carry a combat.”
Ruiz Jr has misplaced simply as soon as in 33 fights – he was crushed on factors by Parker in 2016 with the WBO title at stake.
“I shocked Joseph Parker. I’m fairly positive he did not assume it might that onerous. He thought it might be simple,” Ruiz Jr stated.
“This chubby child? He thought he would field me round. However when he moved, I moved. When he punched, I punched. I actually thought I gained that combat.”
Ruiz Jr beat Alexander Dimitrenko on April 20 so, though he challenges Joshua as a alternative for Jarrell Miller, he has benefitted from an intensive coaching camp.
He warned: “I’ve by no means been knocked out. I’m nonetheless younger, 29, I’ve by no means been harm and I’ve by no means been in a giant battle. That is the toughest combat of my profession however I know I will pull off an upset.
“I consider in my coronary heart that we will win, and we’re going to win. Will probably be one of many largest upsets on this planet. I will be the primary one to cease him.
“In America, you need to have a dream, and have the center to pursue it. I am a household man and a pleasant man however, contained in the ring, I am an animal.
“AJ, get ready, get prepared. Don’t underestimate or overlook me. I know I’m chubby and short but I’m as fast as lightning!”
Watch Anthony Joshua’s US debut in opposition to Andy Ruiz Jr, Katie Taylor’s undisputed world light-weight title combat, Callum Smith’s first world title defence and the undercard at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York on June 1, stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace.