Quit dancing around and hit him already - that was more or less Deontay Wilder’s verdict on Anthony Joshua’s victorious rematch against Andy Ruiz last weekend.
After suffering a shock defeat to Ruiz earlier this year, Joshua was clinical in the rematch, keeping his opponent at bay with jabs and resisting the temptation to turn the match into a brawl.
His tactics earned him a win by unanimous decision, but Wilder was less than impressed.
Speaking to The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire after the fight, Wilder said Joshua ‘did what he had to do’, but that he would have preferred to see the British fighter assert his dominance over Ruiz.
“Joshua did what he had to do to get the win. He ran around the ring and was on his bike all day,” he said.
“Basically, he had Klitschko in the camp and he was a lot like Klitschko: that jab-grab-hold method. That’s all he did tonight.
“You want to dominate guys, man. Maybe I’m just too rough, too hardcore and too much of a dream for this time and era, maybe the world wants that nice s**t, but my mentality is so different from these other fighters.
“But when I think of myself as a champion, you want to come out there and whoop his a**.”
Andy Ruiz slammed over boxing 'disgrace'
Ruiz weighed in Friday at a stunning 283 pounds after having weighed 268 in the first fight. On Saturday, after an uninspired effort when he never really put his foot on the gas in an attempt to act like his titles meant something to him, he admitted he should have trained harder.
“I didn’t prepare how I should have,” Ruiz said. “I gained too much weight, but you know what? I don’t want to give no excuses. He won. He boxed me around. You better [expletive] believe I’m going to get in the [expletive] best shape of my life [for a third fight].”
Well, it’s too late for that.
🗣️ Andy Ruiz Jr apologises to his trainer Manny Robles and claims three months of partying affected him at the post-fight press conference. Robles responds by apologising back to him and vowing that he won't desert him now he's lost the Anthony Joshua rematch… pic.twitter.com/rf6mBDBgOE— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 8, 2019
Imagine what the Saudis who put up more than $100 million to stage this event felt to see a guy in the biggest fight of his life not even act as if he’d cared. Imagine what fans who paid thousands to fly across the world, to purchase tickets, to pay for hotel rooms, feel after hearing Ruiz say that.
The reaction to Ruiz’s condition - or lack thereof - was scathing from fans on social media.
Very disappointed in Ruiz tonight, gave himself no chance going into a world title fight in that condition, reckon it'll be Pulev and Usyk for Joshua next year now— Mike (@Stubbs_86) December 7, 2019