Unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has promised Anthony Joshua will receive more of the same in their immediate rematch later this year.
The newly crowned IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion wrested the world championship from Joshua by seventh round knockout at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on June 1.
The second fight between the pair could take place as soon as November or December with New York in the running to host the return bout.
“The rematch is going to be the same. I am going to be more prepared and more ready,” said Ruiz Jr, 29.
“I know his flaws. I can do a lot better. The only thing that he can do is just run around.
“He’s not good at boxing. He’s not a good boxer.”
Stepping into the fight as a late replacement for Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller who failed a drugs test, Ruiz Jr was given little chance of victory while being pilloried for his physique by fans and pundits alike.
“People thought I wasn’t going to do anything, I was too big, too overweight,” said Ruiz Jr, who took the fight on six weeks’ notice.
“I don’t want to say all the things I am going to change (for the rematch).
“There is going to be a lot of changing, I am going to come at a better weight this time. It’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
After reportedly earning a career-high purse of USD$7 million for the fight, Ruiz Jr told reporters his first purchase with that purse was a gift for his family.
“First of all I bought a car for my mum, that was the first purchase I made from the money I got,” Ruiz Jr said.
“I messed up a lot of her cars when I was young, so I got her a brand-new car.”
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