Via Dan Ambrose: This week, Andy Ruiz Jr hinted that he believes Oleksandr Usyk will beat Anthony Joshua in their rematch Saturday night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Former IBF/WBA/WBO Heavyweight Champion Ruiz says he wants to fight Usyk after he beat Luis Ortiz on September 4.
It’s also possible that Ruiz could face Deontay Wilder in the final WBC knockout match after Ortiz. But if that fight doesn’t happen, Ruiz says he wants Usyk next.
“Anthony Joshua goes down and comes back, or he loses, and he fights again to win,” Andy Ruiz Jr told Against TV Hub. “Usyk is also a hard-working guy. His style, he throws combinations.
“When I won on September 4 against Luis Ortiz, you never know. If Wilder doesn’t duel, we can search for Usyk‘ said Ruiz.
“Joshua has a chance, and he has Robert Garcia. You can’t change fighters in a training camp,” Shawn Porter told Fight Hub TV. “I don’t know how long they’ve been training together, but I believe Robert Garcia is the X-factor that helps Anthony Joshua throw more punches and increase his speed.
“I think with a faster and more aggressive pace that is the key to beating Usyk for Anthony Joshua. I don’t see Anthony Joshua being able to catch Usyk. I think if he beats him, it has to be by knockout. I will stand with Usyk.
“You have to be prepared. It’s part of the training,” Porter said when told that if Joshua threw more punches, he would exhale faster. I think there is a misconception when people think because he has muscles that he is tired because of his muscles.
“If he were to train and get those red blood cells to multiply, I would get into something completely different, but he delivers oxygen to those muscles better during exercise, and that brings back for the fight, he can have higher speed.
“Don’t let it get twisted and think that because of his weight or because he has the muscle mass he has it will tire him out if he throws more punches.
“If throwing more punches is essential to beating Usyk, then you have to do whatever you have to do to prepare to throw more punches. It can be done. Back in the day, they said, ‘Don’t lift weights because it slows you down.’
“It tightens your muscles. So let me say it does. But there are things you can do to mobilize all the blood you have put into it to deal with. You massage or other exercises and all that.
“You don’t lift every day, but you do have to incorporate a strength & conditioning program. Its conditioning side is how you get the power to work.
“We’re seeing more fighters get strength-training and conditioning programs, and we see that’s very beneficial for fighters,” says Porter.