Evander Holyfield believes Andy Ruiz Jr can present the world his knockout of Anthony Joshua was no fluke once they face one another once more subsequent month.
Ruiz pulled off one of many biggest upsets in boxing when he inflicted a primary defeat on Joshua and took his three world titles.
The pair will meet once more within the ring, with the heavyweight titles on the road, in Saudi Arabia on December 7.
Former heavyweight champion Holyfield insists AJ wants to alter his techniques or faces shedding once more.
Talking to World Boxing News, he mentioned: “Andy Ruiz Jr. actually can combat. He has quick fingers and might actually hit arduous. However don’t no one appear to realize it.
“Everyone seems to be considering it’s a fluke (that he beat Anthony Joshua the primary time), however the man confirmed he can rise up from being knocked down. He acquired took down and acquired again as much as win.”
He added: “You have a look at Ruiz and he doesn’t appear like he can combat in any respect. Nothing tells you he can combat, however he can combat.
“I knew that he could fight because I sparred with him. At the time, I was 46 and he was 19. I couldn’t believe a 19-year-old could be that good and so aggressive, he would chase me down.
“I’m like, ‘I’m the heavyweight champion of the world, who’s he trying to chase down?’ It was just amazing the confidence that he had and the persistence to cut the ring down even in sparring.
“So, I know that persistently, he will fight that same fight that he fought last time. If he’s (Joshua) not ready to have someone in his face in the whole fight then it could end up the same way again.”
Six months after their first, dramatic meeting at Madison Square Garden in June, Joshua will look to reclaim his WBA, WBO and IBF belts in December in Riyadh.
A purpose-built area in Diriyah, a suburb of the Saudi capital, is ready to host the titanic tussle.
The venue is scheduled to be accomplished earlier than December’s bout, with work formally beginning final month.
Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith uploaded a series of images and videos to his social media pages to be able to replace followers planning on making the journey to the Center East.