Ruiz is the only boxer to beat Joshua in his career professional . Ruiz knocked Joshua out four times in his inaugural encounter in New York in 2019.
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Joshua named the boxer from Ukraine, Wladimir Klitschko, as the most difficult boxer to beat. Because Klitschko was able to give a harder blow at their 2017 meeting.
“Who hit me the hardest? Yes, Klitschko,” Joshua said as quoted by Talksport, Friday (9/24/2021).
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Joshua had time to think about Ruiz’s name when he was about to answer the question. However, the 31-year-old boxer immediately remembered how devastating a blow from Klitschko he had received and was very difficult to forget.
“I would say Ruiz, but when he (Klitschko) hit me it was like a concussion in the back of my head. When I signed with Klitschko, yes, I just knew it could go both ways.”
“I can win or I will lie on my back. You know when you were taken on a stretcher?” he added.
Joshua was finally able to stop Klitschko in round eleven after several busy mid-rounds where he traded knockdowns with the legendary champion. Now, he has to face another boxer from Ukraine, Oleksandr Usyk, Saturday (25/9/2021).