Andy Ruiz Jr (WBA, IBF, WBO & IBO) vs. Oleksandr Usyk

Ruiz Jr vs. Usyk Winner and How?


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DB Cooper

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May 17, 2013
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Not sure Usyk is big enough or will be adequately prepared at heavyweight by then.
 
Aug 28, 2014
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Usyk, easily. - But it would likely be a boring, safety-first performance.
Wouldnt pick Usyk to beat anyone easily after he drew with Briedis, would Briedis have a chance against Joshua no way, can see Ruiz beating him on points on workrate
 
Jun 6, 2013
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Wouldnt pick Usyk to beat anyone easily after he drew with Briedis, would Briedis have a chance against Joshua no way, can see Ruiz beating him on points on workrate

Yeah, that's a point to some extent. I've been saying a lot that I'm not convinced Usyk can have a great career at HW.

- but Briedas is an excellent defensive fighter. He can work off the back foot & counter, and he's very smart.
Fat Andy is a totally different opponent. Fast hands, sure, and a granite chin, but that's pretty much it. He's completely one-dimensional, and doesn't have good forward footwork. I can't see Usyk having any problem timing and / or avoiding him.
 
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Jun 2, 2012
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Wouldnt pick Usyk to beat anyone easily after he drew with Briedis, would Briedis have a chance against Joshua no way, can see Ruiz beating him on points on workrate
When did he draw with Briedis? Briedis was a good heavyweight contender.

He's also easily beat super heavies before.
 
Aug 28, 2014
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When did he draw with Briedis? Briedis was a good heavyweight contender.

He's also easily beat super heavies before.
Most people had it a draw or either way, Ruiz would beat the shit out of Briedis
 
Aug 28, 2014
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Seem to recall pretty much everyone having it close but clear for Usyk. It means very little in considering how he'll do at heavyweight as cruiserweights present a very different set of problems.
Saw most people had it a draw, Ruiz is better, stronger and faster than Briedis also Usyk got countered alot by Bellew, not sure Usyk is the master boxer we thought especially at HW
 
Nov 10, 2014
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I don't think we should be counting our chickens regarding Usyk at heavyweight until he has fought there. Most don't make the transition as successfully as anticipated.
 

REDC

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Usyk UD is my vote but he does sometime leave himself (too) open for counters so can't rule out Ruiz clipping him.
 
Jun 6, 2013
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Usyk UD is my vote but he does sometime leave himself (too) open for counters so can't rule out Ruiz clipping him.
But Usyk rarely gets hit FLUSH. He doesn't use flashy head slips like Canelo, his movement is more subtle, but he combines that with spectacular back-sideways footwork.
Plus, he's even better than Golovkin at staying in the pocket, (when he chooses to) trading, and not getting hurt.

Of course, he'd be an idiot to stay in the pocket with fat Andy, but even if he had moments where he got momentarily trapped, or whatever, he'd still likely survive a few Ruiz punches. And let's face it, Ruiz is more of an accumulation puncher than a classic 1-punch KO artist.
 
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Jun 4, 2013
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I don't think we should be counting our chickens regarding Usyk at heavyweight until he has fought there. Most don't make the transition as successfully as anticipated.
Usyk has fought and beat people that have hurt/knocked Joshua out. No reason why he wouldn’t do the same with Ruiz. He has fought at heavyweight, he’s battered Joe Joyce without headgear as well. The lack of evidence is in the idea that he won’t be able to fight at heavyweight. There’s plenty of evidence that he can (because he has).