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marduk

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I'm torn on this one. Superficially this is beyond a mismatch. AJ is (or at least was) a superior physical specimen with elite boxing skills.

On the other hand, his problem is between his ears. You get flattened like he did the first time, it's gonna be a task to exterminate the self-doubt.

And Ruiz at this point is playing with house money. He's proved his point. And he probably, almost certainly, does not fear Joshua.

All I know is it won't go the distance. And it better not start at 1:15 like Canelo-Kovalev did.
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All you know is you don't know. LOL.  Went the distance and AJ gave him a boxing lesson... Looks like he laid off the weights and got on the bike (was less toned than previous fight) and Ruiz hit the Lolis and Taco Bus extra hard since the last fight.
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All you know is you don't know. LOL.  Went the distance and AJ gave him a boxing lesson... Looks like he laid off the weights and got on the bike (was less toned than previous fight) and Ruiz hit the Lolis and Taco Bus extra hard since the last fight.


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AJ fought a pedestrian but effective fight and did what he had to do to get the UD. And it was easy. He just needed to not be lured into getting into a phone booth with a guy who he already knew could concuss him, and he was not. Stayed on the outside and jabbed him to death, and why not since it was effective. He took Wlad's advice and did what you mentioned, put the barbells down.

I probably should've considered this as a more viable option, but I figured that since he was so humiliated the first time AJ would go for a blowout, a la RJJ when he fought Griffin the 2nd time after the DQ the first go round.

Problem AJ has now is that there really aren't any more Michelin Man guys in the division. Ruiz was the last of the Moricans in that respect (unless you consider Kownacki as a possible contender/opponent, which I don't). And...he will likely have to toss a belt in the bin for his next fight since the WBO and IBF have different 'mandatory' contenders (Usyk, Pulev).

End of the day, neither Wilder nor Fury -- and I suspect Usyk, Pulev and even Jarrell Miller -- saw anything to concern them Saturday. One of the DAZN announcers said Compubox numbers had Joshua going backwards either 93 or 94 percent of the time. That won't work against the other tall, long armed bangers he'll inevitably face.

I hope for his sake he remembers how he fought in the past since the paw the fat kid approach expired around dinner time here Saturday.

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