Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua 2: Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and other heavyweights offer rematch predictions

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The Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch is dividing opinion across the boxing world.

After Mexico’s massive underdog dethroned Britain’s unified world champion on June 1, all eyes have been focused on their December 7 return bout.

Here, talkSPORT.com looks at what some of heavyweight boxing’s biggest names have predicted for the fight.

The biggest names in the heavyweight division have had their say on the rematch

The biggest names in the heavyweight division have had their say on the rematch

Deontay Wilder

Wilder told Sky: “I really believe Andy’s gonna go in there and do it again.

“When I look at the first fight and I see certain things as a fighter, a lot of red flags that alert me.

“And if that same mindset and momentum goes into the second fight, Andy Ruiz is going to win that easily.

“I’d prefer him to win because we’re in the same stable. When he wins we have the opportunity to unify the division.

“If Joshua wins, I don’t think that’s gonna be.”

Wilder is the WBC heavyweight champion

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Wilder is the WBC heavyweight champion

Dillian Whyte

Whyte, who will be on the undercard, said: “I think it’s a great fight just like the first one was.

“Everyone was overlooking Andy Ruiz in the first fight, even I thought Joshua was gonna knock Ruiz out in six rounds…

“The great thing is he has a chance to put everything that was wrong right.

“He’s British, he’s my competitor and he’s my rival, I’m gonna back him. Hopefully he wins and I want him to win.

“It’s good for British boxing, he’s done a lot for British boxing, he’s unified the division and all that.

“He’s a young man just like me, he’s doing well and he’s doing his thing. Hopefully he does win.

“I think he should just do what he normally does, but just work on his jab a bit more.

“He doesn’t need to go out there and start trying to move and do this, he’s never done that before and I think if he does that he will gas.

“Being on the back foot, Joshua’s not a good back-foot fighter, he’s a come-forward fighter and he’s quite forceful.

“His power and his size and his physical condition is what usually wears a lot of these guys down you know.”

Whyte was knocked out by Joshua in 2015, but beat him as an amateur in 2009

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Whyte was knocked out by Joshua in 2015, but beat him as an amateur in 2009

Tyson Fury

Fury said on the True Geordie Podcast: “Andy Ruiz is a little fat pig, comes in on three weeks’ notice, murdered every donut and taco in California and then goes in with a man who’s had a 12-week training camp with every sports scientist in the United Kingdom.

“But the little fat fella goes in there and bowls him over in seven rounds…

“I see it going pretty much similar to the first fight.

“I know that they’ve both lost some weight, they’ve had more time to prepare, they’ve changed a few things in their training teams and all that.

“They’ll have different approaches and they’ll try different game plans, but Mike Tyson said it: ‘Everyone’s got a great game plan until thy get punched in the face.’

“You can be working on something for ages, you work on it, work on it, work on it, and you get tagged and that’s it.

“You go back to how you once was and you wanna fight.

“They’re both big strong men and they both can knock each other out, but he beat him once and knocked him out, so he’s got a mental edge going into that rematch.

“You’re going into that mentally beaten already because you’ve already been knocked out…

“Everybody has a bogeyman in their career. Whether you find him or not, everybody’s got one.

“I think personally he may be the bogeyman for him, who knows?

Tyson Fury is the ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion

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Tyson Fury is the ‘lineal’ heavyweight champion

Luis Ortiz

Ortiz said: “It’s Andy Ruiz’s time to step up and show up, show it wasn’t no fluke.

“He should be able to do it as long as his mind’s in the right place.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure, Joshua is gonna probably come to do a little more boxing, a little more leg work and not just meet him in the middle of the ring.

“So that makes it a little bit of a tougher fight for Andy, but you never know between two punchers.

“Obviously Andy’s not a huge puncher, but he’s big enough to knock out Joshua, so anything can happen.”

Ortiz has only lost to Wilder

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Ortiz has only lost to Wilder

Joseph Parker

Parker told Boxing Social: “I don’t know. I still think it’s a 50/50 fight. It’s gonna be a very close fight.

“Either Ruiz pushes the fight faster and goes forward because he’s taken his best shots.

“Or Joshua – you see he’s trimmed down a lot – he boxes him from the outside and keeps him at bay. I don’t know.”

“I think if he boxes from the outside and uses his advantages. His reach, he used that very well against me, but I don’t have the same style as Ruiz, it’s a hard one for me to call.”

Parker beat Ruiz Jr, but lost to Joshua

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Parker beat Ruiz Jr, but lost to Joshua

Daniel Dubois

“Obviously Ruiz got the job done last time out, but let’s see what happens.

“No one should underestimate Anthony Joshua as he’s done a lot for the sport but if he hasn’t improved on last time he could be in trouble.

“If he’s still got the hunger he had years ago, he might have a chance.”

Dubois is the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion

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Dubois is the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion

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