Boxing news: Andy Ruiz Jr warns Anthony Joshua ‘lucky shot’ knocked him down in their first fight at Madison Square Garden

Andy Ruiz Jr insists he was not hurt when Anthony Joshua sent him to the canvas in their fight earlier this year.

Ruiz shocked the boxing world to beat AJ at Madison Square Garden and take his three world titles.

The British boxer had knocked down the Mexican-American in the third round but he got up to win by the seventh round.

Anthony Joshua knocked Andy Ruiz Jr down in their first fight, but was then floored four times himself

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Anthony Joshua knocked Andy Ruiz Jr down in their first fight, but was then floored four times himself

Joshua has previously claimed he lost to a ‘lucky punch – a punch sent by the gods’.

Ruiz has hit back at those comments and told Sky Sports: “That was a lucky shot for him, too.

“I got lazy. It was a punch in the blink of an eye. I thought: ‘what just happened?’

Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will run it back on December 7 in Saudi Arabia

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Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will run it back on December 7 in Saudi Arabia

“I wasn’t that hurt because I wasn’t wobbling. I still had the will and the fire inside of me. I wanted to keep fighting and win the fight.

“Once he dropped me, then got me with a really good right hand, I could eat his punches. Mentally he thought: ‘this guy isn’t going down, what is happening?’

“I had to do everything possible to change the fight, and that’s what I did with the left hook.

“The left hook was a really great shot in the temple. The other times I hit him in the head, he loosened up and got wobbly. I was the better fighter that day because I pressured him, threw more punches and the body shots put him down.”

Preparations are ramping up for their much anticipated rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

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