Andy Ruiz Jr thrashed Anthony Joshua’s punching machine score in 2019

It is 2022 and Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. still feels very fresh.

Thanks, in part, to an outclassing at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year.

After all, it was only the second defeat of the Englishman’s career and it brought back memories of the only other occasion when he was found wanting.

At the time, most were of the opinion that it was a classic case of a fighter at the top of his game underestimating another. Joshua may well have been insouciant but we will never know.

If he was, though, then he shouldn’t have been, given what had happened in a certain punching machine challenge on the Graham Norton show. Where Joshua scored 848, Ruiz Jr. breezed past it, nearly touching four figures with a score of 967. 

For those who wondered as to how he got such a score, he gave a live demonstration in New York, taking Joshua out with a world-class display.

It felt as if Ruiz was an artist and Joshua his amanuensis, when, in all honesty, most of us thought it was the other way around.

Joshua did get his revenge a few months later as he beat the American in Diriyah, but it wasn’t quite a knock out and it did not feel the same. 

Since then, he has had two bouts, one against Kubrat Polev, which he won convincingly in front of a packed Wembley, and another against Usyk, where he never really turned up, stumbling to the second defeat of his professional career. 

He is now set to take on the Ukrainian again on August 20 in what is a highly anticipated clash. Speaking of his hunger to come out on top and, in the process, get his titles back, he said: 

“Definitely the hunger is still there. As I always said from the get-go, stay hungry. Just keep the motivation high.

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“Blips happen, things happen in life. But resilience, mental toughness and consistency will always prevail so we’re still on the road to undisputed for sure.

“I’m focused on the target which is sitting over there, focused on the goal and, God willing, I will perform and become a three-time heavyweight champion.”

It is going to be an exciting fight, this. Joshua will have a lot of people to silence when he steps into the ring the next time. 

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