UFC star and pundit Miesha Tate explained why a rematch with Andy Ruiz might not be the best thing for Anthony Joshua.
Tate, a former MMA champion, watch on with bulging eyeballs like the rest of us as Joshua went down four times to Ruiz in New York.
Losing his four world titles, Joshua immediate sought a rematch. Promoter Eddie Hearn has since exercised a clause in the contract.
Speaking to Sirius XM Fight Nation, Tate hopes Joshua avoids a return with the big-hitting Ruiz.
“The fact that he kind of broke in this fight, I’m not gonna say that I believe this rematch will go well.” — @MieshaTate tells @RyanMcKinnell why an immediate rematch against Andy Ruiz might not be the right move for Anthony Joshua. @SiriusXMBoxing #boxing #JoshuaRuiz
"The fact that he kind of broke in this fight, I'm not gonna say that I believe this rematch will go well." — @MieshaTate tells @RyanMcKinnell why an immediate rematch against Andy Ruiz might not be the right move for Anthony Joshua@SiriusXMBoxing #boxing #JoshuaRuiz pic.twitter.com/0gwF5aMOMr
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) June 6, 2019
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Meanwhile, promoter Bob Arum agreed with Tate’s sentiments when speaking recently to WBN for an exclusive interview.
Arum, who looks after Tyson Fury’s affairs in the United States, said: “Anthony Joshua wasn’t prepared to fight, I don’t think. I don’t know but it seems he wasn’t prepared,” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m sure he underestimated Andy, but still. You train for the fight and he didn’t have any gas left.
“Something was wrong, something was wrong with him.”
On Hearn’s decision, Arum added: “I don’t think going for an immediate rematch makes any sense at all.
“What it takes now is really serious boxing people building him up again.
“Not rush him into an immediate rematch with Ruiz where the same thing may happen, before you’re able to rehabilitate the guy.”
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