AJ did what he needed to win and fought smart. When it comes down to it, his style more showed his mental state. He knocked down Ruiz in their first fight but got careless and got caught. He is now gun shy which doesn’t lend itself to fight Wilder and he isn’t going to outbox Fury.
Ruiz really isn’t that dangerous of an opponent to be honest.
My prediction that with time to properly prepare Ruiz would hire a strength and conditioning coach, a chef, and really come into the ring in the shape of his life proved to be on the money. Joshua is now going to be Klitschko Mark II for the rest of his career. Joshua and Usyk will be interesting if it happens. God knows what condition Fury will be in after two fights with Wilder and whatever else he has going on. Right now I could see Fury beating him, Wilder I definitely think will spark Joshua. I have a feeling that Joshua just takes a load of easy fights in England and avoids Fury until he's past it and Wilder too.
Haymon seems to be convinced that Wilder turns into a massive PPV moneyspinner at some point with all the massive offers to Joshua for fights and so on. I just don't understand why he was paying Wilder such a gigantic purse for the Ortiz fight though. I mean Wilder is signed to him, Haymon can arrange a smaller purse with PPV upside that doesn't leave him massively out of pocket. If the Fury rematch doesn't sell much more than the Ortiz rematch then what is Haymon going to do then, pay a gigantic fee to get Joshua? Who says Joshua fighting Wilder, even in America, is going to turn Wilder into a massive PPV earner? I can't see Joshua or Hearn ever agreeing to fight Wilder in America now anyway. Maybe as a guaranteed rematch after the first fight in Britain. Ruiz will get a Wilder fight at some point assuming he continues and Wilder keeps winning but it'll be more of a keep busy fight for Wilder.
I don't think Joshua would fight Usyk any differently to the way he fought Ruiz on Saturday. I think that's it for Joshua now, safety first and keep it at range. Like Klitschko Mark II. He's going to fight like that every fight and it's going to be awful to watch. Somebody said nobody complains when Mayweather fights safety first but it's different from Mayweather doing it in two ways. Firstly Joshua is nowhere near as skilled as Mayweather. If Joshua fights a Fury in decent nick then it'll look a lot different to fighting that shortarse tub of lard on Saturday. Secondly this is the heavyweights. People want to see proper fights and knockouts, not some gunshy giant jabbing away at somebody smaller for twelve rounds. It's boring and the fans turn off and don't watch and you can't blame them. The last thing we need is another Klitschko. Hopefully Usyk makes Joshua look stupid.
I love the double standards by some fans. Fury boxes and he's the bees knees. Joshua boxes and he's boring.
Joshua overcame a lot in this rematch and got the victory.
Fury barely beat Wallin and Wilder was being completely outboxed before landing his hail mary.
All 3 are flawed and match ups between all 3 bring different questions into their fights. It has been said here already that on their night all 3 can beat each other.
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So that’s the big question mark. Was this a one time thing? Or will AJ forever be hesitant as a fighter? Sometimes one knockout can completely throw off a fighters whole psyche.
I agree that sometimes one knockout can completely throw off a fighters whole psyche, but do you think Fury escaped unscathed in his fights with Wilder and Wallin?
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I agree that AJ could definitely beat either of those two. I think that potentially other HWs could beat any of those 3 HWs. At this point though, AJ has to prove to me that he is back before I pick him over the other two. I’m not saying he can’t win but I wouldn’t bet on him winning.
Congrats to Mr. Joshua for defeating an overweight fighter who failed to train. The real train is heading Mr. Joshua's way --- the true champion, the lineal champion, who will dispose of Donkey Wilder early next year: Tyson Fury.
283.7 pounds....... Still speechless
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