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Frank Warren Absolutely Lays Into Andy Ruiz Jr In Most Brutal Attack Since His Defeat

Frank Warren Absolutely Lays Into Andy Ruiz Jr In Most Brutal Attack Since His Defeat

Frank Warren has launched a brutal attack on Andy Ruiz Jr for his lack of preparation going into his world heavyweight title defeat to Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia

Ruiz lost his four belts at the first time of asking after being schooled by AJ, who wrote the wrongs of their first bout at Madison Square Garden and beat 'the Destroyer' on points.

The Mexican weighed in at a stone heavier than the first match and admitted he was "partying too much' and "ate everything" ahead of the second bout.

And Warren, who is Tyson Fury's promoter, pulled no punches in his assessment of Ruiz's display inside the squared circle.

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"Andy Ruiz Jr, on the other hand, brought disgrace to himself and the sport by simply failing to prepare to any sort of required level," he wrote on FrankWarren.com

Just because you are a heavyweight it shouldn't mean you don't have an obligation to display a certain degree of athletic intention.

"Yes, he was heavy last time around and usually wobbles a bit around the middle, but this was ridiculous. When eyebrows were being raised at the weigh-in he literally was the elephant in the room.

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"Joshua must have wondered which chin he was supposed to aim for.

"It is a bit late after the event to come out and say you partied too much and regret carrying so much weight. If he turned up like that for a non-title fight where the paymasters were not so invested in a positive outcome for their man, the promoters and TV executives would be rightly hacked off over a fighter coming in so obviously out of condition.

"What we ended up with was a fella who basically scoffed himself out being world champion and a spectacle that suffered as a result. The fault for this lies firmly with Ruiz, who didn't have any legs to close down a Joshua on the retreat."

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The 67-year old then called Ruiz "a disgrace to the belts" and said he "ate himself out of contention" - before writing, "King of the heavyweight division to Burger King in the space of six months," as his final line.

Ruiz Jr has been the subject of widespread criticism for his lack preparation, including his own father, who believes he lost his focus because of the fame that arrived after his shock win in June.

Ruiz Sr told Boxing Social: "Andy thought he was going to do good in the weight in the fight.

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"I told him a month ago that 'you're not going to do good at the weight. It's going to be too hard, because you're going to be tired, and you're not going to have the movement'.

"He was not listening because of the fame. He was with a Rolls Royce, he was with his friends, he was throwing parties, and not listening to the camp."

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Topics: Frank Warren, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.