The American had been hoping to eventually unify against Ruiz Jr as they both fight under Al Haymon’s PBC banner, but was furious to see him give the belt a back to AJ who works with rival promoter Eddie Hearn.
Wilder vented to The Athletic: “People say I have no skills, but my intellect is high enough to know if I’d been in a situation like [Ruiz Jr] and something’s not working, you’ve got to change up my style.
“I’m smart enough to know, cut the f***ing ring off.
“Once you cut the ring off, you put Joshua in a corner and you can have your way with him by hitting him the way you did the first time
“To be in boxing that long and not know how to cut the ring off? If he knew, he didn’t do it, or he didn’t have the intellect. I’m a little upset with him.”
“Ruiz said he was doing great, not letting this moment get to him, but in the end you hear him saying he ate too much and should’ve trained harder… Like, what the f***?
“What do you mean you ate too much and could’ve trained harder?
“I take this s*** seriously. I don’t know what their mentality is, but I didn’t become champion of the world just to say, ‘Put me in the record books. At least I can say I was a champion. They can never take that away from me.’
“F*** that s***. I’m here for legacy. Long live the king. That’s my mentality, and America should love a world champion like me.”
He won back his heavyweight world titles and exacted revenge on Andy Ruiz Jr.
Anthony Joshua boxed with far more control than he did six months ago when he was knocked down four times by Andy Ruiz before the referee stopped it in the seventh round thereby losing the match to Ruiz
Ruiz never looked close to landing a knockdown and when scores of 118-110 118-110 and 119-109 were read out, Joshua jumped up and down in the ring in celebration, just as the man who had wrecked his US debut did in June.