Tyson Fury has declared that he is ‘1,000,000 per cent’ confident Andy Ruiz Jr will knock Anthony Joshua out once again when they meet in their rematch.
It was announced last week that the second fight is scheduled for December 7 in Saudi Arabia, though Ruiz is now disputing this.
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Regardless, both parties accept that rematch will happen next and Fury can only see one outcome.
Reflecting on their first bout, the ‘Gypsy King’ told First Take: “I’m a big believer in – When one door closes, another one opens.
“It was all about Joshua at that time when he was fighting Ruiz, nobody gave Ruiz a prayer.
“But now it’s about Ruiz and I believe Ruiz does exactly the same the second time round.”
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When asked if he anticipated another knockout, Fury continued: “One million per cent. I thought Ruiz won every round in that fight.
“It wasn’t a fluke punch like Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis, and then in the rematch he turned up, didn’t get hit with a punch and knocked him out.
“He clearly lost the rounds. He was getting outboxed, he was getting outfought and then he got knocked down three times, two to boot.
“So I don’t see him really improving, not unless he comes out on his toes and tries to do a Tyson Fury and slip out the way, which he doesn’t have the body type or the boxing ability to do.”
Fury had an announcement of his own on Tuesday as he revealed he will be facing Otto Wallin on September 14 in Las Vegas.
After this, he will either fight again in December or wait and rematch Deontay Wilder early next year.
In the first Wilder fight, the Brit outboxed his opponent for the majority, but vulnerabilities were exposed when he was knocked down twice.
Fury sees this as proof nobody is invincible and so admitted AJ does have a some hope against Ruiz.
He concluded: “The only prayer that Joshua’s got of beating Andy Ruiz is catching him like he did when he knocked him down.
“And jumping on him, and getting him out of there.
“We’ve seen it happen before. No-one’s invincible, it only takes one punch in the heavyweight division.
“But if he doesn’t land that punch early on in the fight, I don’t believe he wins, I think Ruiz wins again.”