Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2: What Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Mike Tyson and other heavyweight fighters think will happen in rematch

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

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

Here, talkSPORT.com looks at what some of heavyweight boxing’s biggest names – past and present – are predicting to happen in part 2.

Deontay Wilder

Wilder said: “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.

“He got knocked down four times, and then he quit. That is huge for me. On the outside looking in, to see how that fight occurred and everything that was going on, I think he’s going to be fighting his demons inside of that ring, not just Ruiz.

“I know he’s trying to cancel out a lot of things in his mind, especially, including me, his biggest and ultimate rival.

“I think Ruiz has the momentum to go in and do it again. It definitely was a big confidence builder and a booster for him to win that first one, especially after getting put on his ass and getting back up and then to put Joshua down four times. It changed his life.

“But coming [out with a win] in the rematch can change his life forever. And for those reasons, I’m leaning towards Ruiz.

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.”

He added: “I want to see him [Joshua] succeed and he definitely wants to see me succeed as well, definitely. We’re both young guys doing well, who have come from nothing.”

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?”

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.”

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