The rematch between the British former champion Anthony Joshua and Mexican American current champion Andy Ruiz JR has grabbed the attention of all fans across the world. Admirers are waiting in anticipation for the bout to take place to witness who will win the unified WBO, IBF, WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight world titles.
This is not the first time these two fighters will compete against each other in the ring. They engage fight earlier this year on June 1, 2019, in New York City at Madison Square Garden. It was during this bout that Ruiz JR produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing when he stopped AJ in the 7th round with a TKO. Now they are facing each other again for a rematch on December 7, 2019, at the Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
AJ has lost 1 in 23 fights, winning twenty-two fights. 21 of those bouts have been won by KO, whilst the Mexican fighter has fought thirty-four times, winning thirty-three bouts and 22 wins have been obtained by KO.
During a media briefing, Ruiz stated that he is confident about his rematch with AJ, however, he does not underestimate any fighter. He is aware that AJ will be much stronger and more focused this time, then again, every fighter has a pan, until they get hit. According to Ruiz, he defeated AJ because of his style. He exclaimed that the styles make fights and he knew that his style was perfect for him. Lastly, he stated that he plans to use the same technique as he used in New York.
According to AJ, it is all about how you come back. He admits that the challenges are great, but he has a different approach now. AJ explained that by looking in the mirror and saying that he is better than losing, but to stay in the fight he will need to change some of his techniques to win.
According to boxing analysts, as great as Ruiz was in Madison Square Garden, there is no way AJ will be defeated again during the rematch. However, if he gets beaten then there will be very important questions asked about his feature as a boxer.
The heavyweight boxing idol Anthony Joshua aka AJ remains one of the most prominent names in the boxing scene despite his devastating loss against Andy Ruiz Jr. He is still one of the world’s greatest sporting stars and his pay-packet is a sign of his celebrity status.
The current net worth of AJ, according to Forbes is £42million ($55M). His rematch against the Mexican will double his career earnings to over £100, making him one of the top earners in boxing. In his last five bouts, he has made more than £10m. Rumours have it that with his first bout against Ruiz, he pocketed £20 million and the rematch will earn him approximately £45million to £60million.