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MEANINGFUL FIGHTS

LETTER OF THE WEEK

ONE MORE CHANCE: Some believe that Ruiz is worthy of another shot at Joshua
Photo: ACTION IMAGES/ANDREW COULDRIDGE

ANTHONY JOSHUA definitely deserves credit for regaining his world heavyweight titles. He did what he needed to do, using his height and reach while showing greatly improved stamina. However, the inescapable truth is that he did it the only way he could – by running and holding. He knew that he couldn’t KO Andy Ruiz Jnr, who took his best punches over the course of the two fights. Ruiz, though, was very disappointing in the rematch. There is no doubt that he came in well overweight. He was slow and sluggish compared to the fighter who surprised everybody back in June. And he knows it. The post-fight press conference with Ruiz was almost as interesting as the fight itself. It is one win apiece between the two and a trilogy fight should take priority over mandatory defences. Joshua should be prepared to vacate the belts in order to cement his legacy, rather than taking relatively ‘easy’ mandatories. Pulev is not a valid contender and although Usyk could well become a force in the division he has only had one fight at heavyweight so far. Joshua still has doubters and therefore must take only meaningful fights. Right now, those fights are Ruiz again, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

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