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Joshua Breakdown

What to expect

By Paul Humphries   - @intuboxing

Speed

Joshua has impressive handspeed  considering the muscle mass he carrie's but his footwork and movement can be cumbersome at times,  to be successful in this fight Joshua needs to find his range early behind straight punches and look to tie up the shorter faster Ruiz on the inside instead of exchanging which ultimately led him to defeat in the first fight in the upset of the year 

Rating 8 

 

Power 

Anthony carrys serious power in his right hand especially when thrown straight or as a uppercut which he has used to great effect in the past , he needs to resist the urge to exchange as Ruiz Is more of a combination puncher Joshua certainly has the advantage in one punch knockout power 

Rating 9 

 

Heart 

For want of a better word Anthony has been accused of quitting in the last fight , while I dont think personally that was the case I feel he didnt know how to react to being hurt constantly by a man who was deemed no threat to him.

He did however spit out his gumsheild purposely and looked bemused at the referee as he asked him to show he was ready to carry on fighting. 

Rating 7 

 

Body punching 

 

This is a underrated part of Anthony's boxing he jabs well to the body and doesn't neglect the body in exchanges and shows a good understanding of when to throw to the body although if Anthony spends any significant time in the pocket exchanging body punches in this fight it's fair to assume that Ruiz has forced his fight onto AJ 

Rating 9 

 

Mindset 

For me this is where the fight was won and lost back in June Ruiz obviously highly motivated and ready t8o take advantage of his possibly only chance at a unified champion in the mould of AJ where as Joshua was left facing a late replacement virtually no one saw being competitive let alone winning and it showed.

He looked laboured and frankly uninterested until that round of the 

Year 3rd where they exchanged knockdowns where Anthony was caught high on the temple and frankly he never recovered and by then the fight was lost.

He will be far more aware of the dangers this time and I expect a far more switched on Joshua with the right game plan to come away victorious and reclaim his crown at the top.

Rating 9