Dillian Whyte believes Anthony Joshua will knock out Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch if he deploys his jab more often. Ruiz Jr defends the world titles he won from Joshua in their second fight in December and many boxing experts are backing the Mexican to beat AJ again. Whyte, who was stopped by Joshua in their 2015 grudge match, advised his old rival to go back to basics and tune out his doubters. ‘I just think Joshua needs to do what he does best. I don’t think he should listen to all this negativity,’ Whyte told IFLTV.
‘That’s all nonsense. He needs to do his thing and do what he does best. What he does best is to be strong and aggressive and be on the offensive. That’s what he does. ‘Ruiz clocked him with a good punch, behind the ear, and he didn’t recover. It’s boxing. Everyone gets put on their arse sooner or later. Now it’s his turn.’
Joshua has been inundated with suggestions since his shock defeat last June and his coach McCracken has faced a barrage of criticism. McCracken has coached Joshua since he was amateur and Whyte backed the trainer amid calls for him to be axed. He said: ‘I believe in Rob McCracken. I believe Rob McCracken is a good trainer, took him a long way. Rob’s a good trainer.
‘He likes to work the basics. If you listen to Rob in his corner, he’s telling him to stick to the basics and use the jab. ‘He just needs to listen. If he uses his jab more against Andy Ruiz he knocks him out. He just needs to jab more. ‘Doubles, singles and triples and he knocks Ruiz out. Ruiz is a tough guy. If you hit him with a right hand he takes it.
‘If you hit him with a couple of jabs, he doesn’t see the right hand coming. Boom, that will be that. ‘Let’s be honest, Ruiz is a good fighter. He doesn’t look it, but he’s a good fighter. ‘He’s got quick hands but slow feet and that’s why Joshua needs to use the jab.’