Bernstein: Ruiz "Not Some Fat Guy Who Pulled In From The Bar"

Andy Ruiz knocking out Anthony Joshua was an upset, Al Bernstein says, but it wasn't as big of an upset as you might think

June 04, 2019 - 9:12 am
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Andy Ruiz stunned the boxing world with a seventh-round knockout of Anthony Joshua on Saturday, leading many to call the match one of the greatest upsets in heavyweight history.

Showtime’s Al Bernstein dropped by CBS Sports Radio to provide perspective on that and other topics.

“This is not Tyson-Douglas,” Bernstein said on Ferrall on the Bench, referring to the 1990 stunner. “It was more like Hasim Rahman beating Lennox Lewis. Andy Ruiz, contrary to what many in the mainstream press are saying, is not some fat guy who pulled in from the bar. He was an amateur champion, he’s got one loss as a professional – that was a disputed loss to Joseph Parker – and Andy Ruiz knows how to fight. 

“Everybody has seen potential in Andy Ruiz all along,” Bernstein continued. “Part of it was Joshua not performing as well as he would like in that fight – there’s no question it was a subpar performance – but a lot of it was also Andy Ruiz doing well. So it was an upset, a big upset on par with Rahman and Lewis, but not on the level of Tyson-Douglas.”

Joshua was incredibly gracious in defeat – perhaps too much so. Many wonder how seriously he took Ruiz.

“It’s possible he was complacent,” Bernstein said of Joshua. “There’s no way to say for sure how hard he worked. But Eddie Hearn, his promoter, said, ‘I’d like to stand here and tell you it was a bad camp, but I can’t.’”

Which is one reason why there’s already talk of a rematch.

“Ruiz would be paid a lot for a rematch,” Bernstein said. “It would be a life-changing payday. If Joshua decided he doesn’t want to fight him right away, there’s other fights for Ruiz. Adam Kownacki, the Polish heavyweight who’s undefeated and has been on line to fight Wilder, he is a PBC boxer and so is Andy Ruiz. They would fill up the Barclays Center, and both would make a lot of money if they fought each other in their next fight. I guarantee you it would be a Fight of the Year candidate. That is looming if Anthony Joshua decided he doesn’t want to right away take on Ruiz in a rematch. We’ll see.”

Click below to listen to Bernstein’s interview in its entirety.