That’s according to newcomer heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk, who spoke exclusively to Express Sport about Joshua’s second clash with Ruiz Jr.
Anthony Joshua was outgunned through seven rounds of action at Madison Square Garden in New York over two months ago as Ruiz Jr became Mexico’s first ever world heavyweight champion.
AJ was knocked down an astonishing four times as ‘The Destroyer’ upset all the odds to bring home the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.
Since then, however, it’s been announced that the two will engage in a rematch on December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, for Ruiz Jr’s titles.
Usyk, who stands to become the WBO mandatory challenger, should he come past his likely debut heavyweight opponent Carlos Takam, believes he has the key to victory for Joshua in the rematch.
“Sometimes it happens, sometimes you and sometimes you lose in this sport,” he said.
“It is nothing horrible, you need to correct the mistakes you made in the first fight.
“He needs to come back to the ring and box Ruiz Jr out. The key word being box.
“He shouldn’t fight, or struggle, he needs to box him out of there.”
Much has been made of the way that Joshua was pummelled in his clash with Ruiz Jr, who fought brilliantly on the inside to produce one of the biggest shocks in boxing history.
Usyk will likely face the winner of Ruiz Jr and Joshua, having previously become undisputed world champion at Cruiserweight level.
The Ukrainian, an Olympic gold medalist himself, picked up all four major world title belts at 200lbs, knocking out Tony Bellew in his last fight at the division.
Usyk was meant to make his debut at heavyweight earlier this year on a Matchroom USA card against Takam, but had to pull out because of a bicep injury.
“I am more of a boxer than a fighter myself, but I can fight,” he added.
“I just want to box. I want to fight as soon as possible but I realise it can’t happen that fast.
“The next opponent will be Carlos Takam.”
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