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George Foreman Reacts To Andy Ruiz Jr’s Weight Ahead Of Anthony Joshua Rematch

George Foreman Reacts To Andy Ruiz Jr’s Weight Ahead Of Anthony Joshua Rematch

George Foreman believes that Andy Ruiz Jr has dealt a major blow to his chances of beating Anthony Joshua again after putting on more than a stone.

Ruiz, 30, stunned the boxing world in June when he secured a sensational TKO victory over Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York.

But the Mexican-American boxer tipped the scales at a whopping 20st 3lb on Friday's weigh-in, which is 15lb more than he weighed in his stunning upset against 'AJ.'

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Foreman, 70, claims that Ruiz has "blown his opportunity" and "now he can be outboxed" in the rematch.

'Big George' told USA Today Sports: "He's blown it, really.

"He's blown his opportunity. He threw away a great opportunity really because now he can be outboxed.

"Guys will tell you, 'This is the way I look. I told you I've been there and I feel better at this weight and everything.' But nobody, absolutely no-one, wants to put their body on display and look that much out of shape.

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"They don't want to do it, I'm telling you. Don't let him trick you. You are a celebrity and everybody wants you to taste some food.

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"And you think you have enough time, six weeks come up, and you don't have enough time to get in shape and lose weight.

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"That's the trick. You got to lose weight and you can't fuse them together because most of your training camp will be spent on losing weight and you just won't be in condition for the fight. So he got caught up.

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"He got caught up in this terrible [situation]. If [Joshua] had enough time to recover, he should whip Ruiz without any problem.

"Just box him, box him. Take him into deep water, keep boxing him. And he should win a 12-round decision."

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Joshua tipped the scales at 16st 13lb, which is 10lbs less than his initial bout with Ruiz in June.

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But the 30-year-old Brit superstar admitted that he isn't concerned with Ruiz weighing more than their first fight.

Ruiz has also defended his weight by insisting that he had already eaten three meals before the weigh-in.

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The 'Destroyer' will put his world titles on the line against 'AJ' on Saturday night in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

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Topics: Destroyer, AJ, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Big George, George Foreman

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]