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Jose Ramirez: Andy Ruiz broke Anthony Joshua’s will last time, hard to overcome that

The unified titleholder gives his thoughts on a couple of heavyweight rematches

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Unified junior welterweight champion Jose Ramirez takes some time to share some of his insights about a couple of heavyweight rematches, including tomorrow’s between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua. Check out how he breaks down the matchups...

Ramirez on Ruiz-Joshua 2:

“When you lose a fight the way that Anthony Joshua lost, it’s not so much that he got hurt, it’s almost that I think Andy broke his will and Anthony Joshua felt exhausted and got tired and he didn’t want to continue. And it’s hard to overcome that, mentally. So I think Andy Ruiz will win again.”

On Wilder-Fury 2:

“That’s a tough fight. I think that’ll be a tougher fight for Fury, because in the first fight you could see that Wilder was respecting him a little too much early in the fight. And once he started landing he was hurting Fury, knocked him down, and in the last round almost knocked him out. I think now, this fight around, Fury could be more aware and more defensive than he was in the first fight because now he knows the type of power that Wilder has.

“If Wilder comes in with that motivation, ‘Ok, I can hurt this guy, I just gotta do it earlier so I can have more time,’ but Fury looked impressive his last fight and we also have to remember that Fury hadn’t fought in a long time when he fought Wilder. Fury could probably come in and be more comfortable with the skills and with his rhythm but it’s another 50/50 fight to be honest.”

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