Ex-heavyweight champ George Foreman predicts Ruiz-Joshua rematch winner

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 0
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George Foreman, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, has slammed Andy Ruiz Jr. for being overweight ahead of his rematch against Anthony Joshua.

Ruiz, who pulled off a monumental upset by snatching the heavyweight belts away from the previously-unbeaten Joshua in June this year, weighed in at 283 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than his saggy appearance during the first fight.

The extra mass is going to do him no good come the fight night, believes Foreman.

“He’s blown it, really,” the 70-year-old told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s blown his opportunity. He threw away a great opportunity really because now he can be outboxed.

“Guys will tell you, ‘This is the way I look. I told you I’ve been there and I feel better at this weight and everything.’

“But nobody, absolutely no one, wants to put their body on display and look that much out of shape. They don’t want to do it, I’m telling you. Don’t let him trick you.”

So does he see Joshua avenging his defeat? Foreman doesn’t mince his words.

“If he’s had enough time to recover, he should whip Ruiz without any problem,” he said. “Just box him, box him. Take him into deep water, keep boxing him. And he should win a 12-round decision.”

The rematch is scheduled to be held in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, around 9 pm UK time (Saturday).

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