Boxing news: Evander Holyfield warns Anthony Joshua to expect same results against Andy Ruiz Jr unless he changes tactics
Evander Holyfield believes Andy Ruiz Jr can show the world his knockout of Anthony Joshua was no fluke when they face each other again next month.
Ruiz pulled off one of the greatest upsets in boxing when he inflicted a first defeat on Joshua and took his three world titles.
The pair will meet again in the ring, with the heavyweight titles on the line, in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
Former heavyweight champion Holyfield insists AJ needs to change his tactics or faces losing again.
Speaking to World Boxing News, he said: “Andy Ruiz Jr. really can fight. He has fast hands and can really hit hard. But don’t nobody seem to know it.
“Everyone is thinking it’s a fluke (that he beat Anthony Joshua the first time), but the guy showed he can get up from being knocked down. He got took down and got back up to win.”
He added: “You look at Ruiz and he doesn’t look like he can fight at all. Nothing tells you he can fight, but he can fight.
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“I knew that he could fight because I sparred with him. At the time, I was 46 and he was 19. I couldn’t believe a 19-year-old could be that good and so aggressive, he would chase me down.
“I’m like, ‘I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, who’s he trying to chase down?’ It was just amazing the confidence that he had and the persistence to cut the ring down even in sparring.
“So, I know that persistently, he will fight that same fight that he fought last time. If he’s (Joshua) not ready to have someone in his face in the whole fight then it could end up the same way again.”
Six months after their first, dramatic meeting at Madison Square Garden in June, Joshua will look to reclaim his WBA, WBO and IBF belts in December in Riyadh.
A purpose-built arena in Diriyah, a suburb of the Saudi capital, is set to host the titanic tussle.
The venue is scheduled to be completed before December’s bout, with work officially starting last month.
Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith uploaded a series of images and videos to his social media pages in order to update fans planning on making the journey to the Middle East.
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