Andy Ruiz Jr, mocks Anthony Joshua's weight loss ahead of epic rematch

Andy Ruiz Jr, mocks Anthony Joshua's weight loss ahead of epic rematch

- Andy Ruiz Jr, has cast doubt on Anthony Joshua's ability to absorb a punch

- Both fighters will square up in a rematch with all three belts on the line

- Ruiz defeated Joshua via a seventh round knockout in their first encounter in June

Andy Ruiz Jr, has taken a swipe at Anthony Joshua's slim shape ahead of their heavyweight rematch in Saudi Arabia.

The WBC, IBF and WBO heavy weight champion stated that the Nigerian-born British fighter will not be able to absorb his punches when they collide in Riyadh.

Joshua has lost muscle mass in a bid to recapture the three belts he lost to the Mexican-American heavyweight last June.

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But Ruiz believes losing a lot weight may cost the 31-year-old when they enter the squared-circle on Saturday, December 7.

"I saw videos where he looked slimmer. I don't know if that's an advantage or a disadvantage," he told Sky Sports.

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"I don't know if he will take the punches as well as he did when he weighed more."

Ruiz was criticised for his weight and body shape before he stopped Joshua and is also expected to weigh less but insists his performance will not be affected.

"Me? People are saying I lost too much weight, I won't be strong, he will move me around. I am losing eight pounds from what I weighed on June 1. I'll still be the same, I'll still be strong.

"AJ has always been in shape. He has always looked really good, really cut up."

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Anthony Joshua has arrived Saudi Arabia for his much-anticipated rematch with Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr.

The fight is scheduled to hold on Saturday, December 7, in the country's capital Riyadh with the IBF, WBC, and WBO belts on the line.

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