Bob Arum knew Andy Ruiz Jr had no chance against Anthony Joshua as “soon as I saw his stomach.”
The veteran promoter, whose Top Rank company has put on many of Ruiz’s fights over the course of his professional career, says the Mexican-American did not act like a professional in his build up to the Joshua rematch after he weighed in at over 280lbs.
Ruiz Jr, who stunned Joshua in their first fight to become heavyweight champion of the world, was outboxed and outclassed by the Brit as he relinquished the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night.
“It didn’t surprise me,” said Arum, of Joshua’s unanimous decision victory, speaking to iFL TV.
”Once they announced his weight, I said it is not even worth watching the fight.
“I’m very familiar with Andy Ruiz and when he came in around 240lbs he was a really good fighter. When he came in close to 300lbs, as he did often, he was a bum.
“Too much weight, no movement and guys who shouldn’t have been in the same ring with him gave him tough fights.
“When I saw the weigh in and the weight for him and saw his stomach, I said to everybody – and George Foreman said to everybody – he has no chance to win. It was a walkover fight for Joshua.
Ruiz has faced plenty of criticism after admitting he didn’t prepare well enough for the rematch, and spent too much time partying.
But he has vowed to become heavyweight world champion once again.
“I’ll be back stronger. I WILL be a champion once again,” Ruiz wrote in a tweet on Thursday.