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Mike Tyson Doesn't Understand Why Andy Ruiz Jr Lost Weight For AJ Rematch

Ryan Sidle

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Mike Tyson Doesn't Understand Why Andy Ruiz Jr Lost Weight For AJ Rematch

Mike Tyson doesn't think that Andy Ruiz Jr should have lost weight between his title victory over Anthony Joshua and next weekend's rematch.

On June 1st Ruiz Jr shocked the world when he stopped AJ in the seventh round of their world heavyweight title fight, handing the British boxer the first loss in his professional career.

The two men will fight again next Saturday in Saudi Arabia and Ruiz has been shown to have shed the pounds since the previous meeting between the pair. That's something that Mike Tyson disagrees with, "I just don't think that makes any sense," 'Iron Mike' told Parimatch.

"But everybody has their own thing, their vanity gets the best of them, they say 'Hey, I wanna look good doing this stuff', I don't know.

"But I'm a believer that if it's not broken, don't fix it.

"The only thing Ruiz has to do is do what he did last fight.

"That's all he has to live off of, from his memories, so to speak, from the last fight."

At the first fight AJ weighed in at under 250 lbs whilst the Mexican tipped the scales at nearly 270 lbs, after having just six weeks to prepare for the fight, replacing Jarrell 'Baby' Miller late in the lead up.

The weight and power from the 'Destroyer' made the champion struggle. Despite claiming the first knock down of the fight Joshua hit the canvas four times before the fight was eventually waved off.

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Ruiz is likely to come in well under his weight for the first fight in the rematch and Tyson clearly believes that will change his power and ability to win.

However the former heavyweight champ isn't willing to go out on a limb to predict who will win the rematch, saying, "I don't know because anything is possible.

"They're both great human beings, I like both of them personally, but this is a fight and I just hope the best man wins."

Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua square up in the pre fight press conference. Image: PA Images
Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua square up in the pre fight press conference. Image: PA Images

It'll be interesting to see if Ruiz's weight loss takes away the weapon that took down the 2012 Olympic champion in the first place or if his ring craft will be enough to see him retain his titles.

Will Joshua win the rematch?

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Andy Ruiz, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, heavyweight champion

Ryan Sidle
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