Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: The direct messages AJ sent Mexican after rematch

The direct messages Anthony Joshua sent Andy Ruiz Jr after rematch shows his true class

Andy Ruiz Jr’s victory over Anthony Joshua back in June 2019 earned its place in the boxing history books as one of the biggest heavyweight upsets of all time.

The Mexican headed to Madison Square Garden as a short-term replacement for Jarrell Miller and was pegged as a 25-1 underdog for the championship bout.

But Ruiz shocked the globe, sending AJ to the canvas numerous times before securing the win via technical knockout in the seventh round. 

However, Joshua swiftly returned in December to reclaim his belts, with the Brit adopting a completely new game plan that saw him come into the fight much lighter and outbox Ruiz by maintaining distance.

After becoming a two-time heavyweight champion, Joshua has gone on to fight both Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk, while Ruiz waited until May 2021 to return to the ring against Chris Arreola.

Ruiz pushed for a trilogy fight directly after his defeat to Joshua in 2019, but AJ’s dominance and Ruiz’s lack of preparation meant it never came to fruition.

The 32-year-old has spoken out about his struggles with depression and mental health since the loss, but explained that messages from Joshua helped him to bounce back and return to training.

Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr: The direct messages AJ sent Mexican after rematch
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua speaks to Andy Ruiz Jr after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“I just wanted to crawl under my bed and just hide and eat Cheerios. Again, though, Instagram proved a source of hope. Only this time it was AJ,” said Ruiz, as per the Daily Mail.

“There were a few messages.

“We were just saying that I’d bounce back, that I’m a great fighter.

“I have nothing but love for him. I don’t have no grudges.”

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A year on from his last bout, Ruiz Jr is now scheduled to return to the ring next month, with a fight scheduled against Luis Ortiz on September 4.

As for Joshua, he faces Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night as he looks to become a three-time heavyweight champion of the world.

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