He was a bit too anxious to outdo Wilder's recentl devastation of Breazle, and make a big splash on his first outing in the US.I'm shocked to find out that Ruiz beat Joshua last night. Why did Joshua lose? Was he not prepared, since Ruiz was a replacement for Miller, is Ruiz a bad style match-up for him, or is Joshua just not as good as advertised?
Ruiz is freakishly fast for a big guy.I don't think Ruiz is slower than Joshua, he was obviously waiting for Joshua to stand and fire, so he can fire back with his faster hands. And obviosuly he was cautious of Joshua's heavy hands.
That's definitely part of it. Ruiz has an unreal chin.Rewatched some with my dad. Ruiz Jr. was just not going to lose. He took some sickening shots from Joshua and stood up to them. I think those were the same ones that stopped Povetkin. Hell, they would've stopped a lot of fighters. Ruiz Jr. is a weird fighter. Guy is like those blobs in Baldur's Gate... or another game I remember, that only get stronger the more you hit them .
Ego probably kicked in. We could have a different result if AJ decides to box, but Ruiz was definitely overlooked in this fight for whatever reasonIf you listen to McCracken's corner instructions he was telling Joshua to "jab, jab up, jab down" - all the right instructions - but Joshua just didn't, or couldn't, execute it.
What is the point of having an 8 inch reach advantage if you don't use it?
Quite possibly, and if Joshua follows instructions and uses his head he may fair better in the rematch. But I think he is up against it with this guy.Ego probably kicked in. We could have a different result if AJ decides to box, but Ruiz was definitely overlooked in this fight for whatever reason
Not sure how much McCracken is to blame. Listen to McCracken's corner instructions. He was telling Joshua round after round to "jab, jab up, jab down." But Joshua didn't, or couldn't, execute what he was being told.That's definitely part of it. Ruiz has an unreal chin.
I just can't figure out why AJ decided to fight from mid-range & close. Why trade with a guy that has a short reach, slow feet, but fast hands?
I was never an AJ fan, but he's been steadily improving with every fight. Last night was NOT the AJ anyone could have expected. Just saying that he got buzzed & never recovered doesn't quite explain it.
A small part of me thinks it was a dive, but I can't see why they would have done that. AJ would make the same $$$ no matter who he fights, short of Wilder, so no need to create some bullshit trilogy. The fight MUSt have been legit.
- In which case, McKraken needs to leave this planet Earth and never show his face in public again.