Joshua v Ruiz II: Kevin Barry warned of a shock but what about the rematch?
“The two worst detectives operating in New York!”
As boxing correspondent Mike Costello and pundit Steve Bunce signify about the June night which changed the boxing arena they curse the truth they didn’t piece together clues to view it coming.
Kevin Barry did.
He said people were”kidding themselves” in writing Andy Ruiz Jr away until his fight with all the world heavyweight winner Anthony Joshua.
Here Barry – coach former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker – informs Sport why he was affected by his own”history” together with Ruiz, clarifies the winner’s style creates panic, also predicts who will win Saturday’s rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Barry warned Ruiz could prove everyone wrong when he talked 24 hours before the underdog did that.
The New Zealander was at New York’s Madison Square Garden because Parker joined forces. However, the journalists present had something on their minds – after defeating Ruiz if Deontay Wilder would be faced by Briton Joshua.
“I had background with Andy,” says Barry, the 1984 Olympic light-heavyweight silver medallist.
“Back in 2013 I was asked if I would train him. Had the chance not been exciting with Parker, I would have.
“From the first year we ended up sparring Ruiz. The first time, Joseph looked at this obese guy looked at me disbelieving and joking around in the ring and said:’Are you really serious?’
“Over the first 15 seconds Andy hit him about 20 times. On the road home, Joseph apologised to me”
Three years on, Parker beat Ruiz on points in Auckland to win the WBO domain. It stays the only conquer of Ruiz.
Barry says:”Andy was on TV coming from the plane, an overweight, short guy. I spent weeks trying to convince the public that this had been a struggle against one of their toughest fighters at heavyweight.
“You choose the mask aside – and by mask I suggest that the excess burden – and you have a man who had been a fantastic amateur and a man I’ve watched chop down large guys time and back time.
“I chose Parker to combat Joshua in Cardiff at 2018, therefore that I had a front-row insight to that too. Parker has told me the hardest he’s ever been hit was Ruiz.
“I kept thinking about that and Ruiz had just been written off. I made my view known.”
Barry was at the front row to the seven rounds through which Joshua was sent by Ruiz to the picture four times.
Whenever the WBO, WBA and IBF straps have been passed to Ruiz, conspiracy theories started to circulate around Joshua’s health. His team have dismissed them as fiction.
“I said to Parker when Joshua was at the ring until the battle:’Something is not quite correct,'” says Barry, 60. “His body language was different. He looked like someone who shouldn’t actually be inside.”
Six months on, despite being the champion, Mexican-American Ruiz is again the underdog with the bookmakers.
Barry, who has trained fighters for almost 3 years, considers the result may hinge on if the winner can apply constant pressure. In 6ft 2in – though many believe he is nearer to 6ft – Ruiz must not let Joshua the chance to take advantage of his 6ft 6in framework.
He says:”The largest adjustment for’AJ’ is dealing with Ruiz coming forward as he has not handled this well. Joshua enjoys to control and dictate. He has shown a weakness, when that is removed from him.
“The big thing about controlling the stress of Andy is you need to prepare yourself to adopt the strain and not be restricted, dizzy or dizzy. Being pressed compels you to keep believing, and that mental pressure will drain you every bit as quickly if not more.
“To deal with it, Joshua must make the appropriate use of his height and reach. When he does exactly the same as last time, the result will be the same”
Joshua has shared because losing to Ruiz of him honing his footwork, media videos. In interviews he has emphasized he’s prioritised working over other aspects of training on his skills.
“Dare I say it, he wants to be more like Wladimir Klitschko,” states Barry, referring to the former world heavyweight champion.
“At 6ft 6in, you have to use that jab. You must use them, Whenever you have so many features and advantages. Do not gamble.”
Raising his voice, he adds:”All he must do is win seven of 12 rounds. I think he will forgive and he really needs to – which you don’t need to win every battle by a knockout.”
Barry states Joshua will have had to operate following his defeat with Ruiz.
“You have to look at why you’re knocked down four times and if you don’t dissect it back to the origin, you can never give yourself the mental confidence to proceed,” he adds.
It’s reported Joshua will make a minimum of $85m (#66m) at Diriyah Arena. There is clear reward but colossal risk – and not just because of him.
Hearn has built a stable of fighters, however, Joshua is his draw. DAZN – the streaming agency Joshua is affiliated to at the US – has banked to his own success. would be hurt by A second defeat.
“The stakes couldn’t be any greater for Joshua, his trainer Robert McCracken, for DAZN, and Eddie Hearn is under enormous stress,” says Barry.
“It’s all the makings of a classic at a country that has never seen a struggle on this scale before. It will make you think back to conflicts such as the’Thrilla in Manila’ and then’Rumble from the Jungle’.”
Muhammad Ali pulled off a major upset against George Foreman in the’Rumble’ in Zaire in 1974. Foreman said he”missing something for a man” the night. Did Joshua at Madison Square Garden?
“Ruiz has the belts and everyone says once you become champion you are 10% improved and I think that is a fair statement,” says Barry.
“However, I believe Joshua will combat a completely different battle. When he had Ruiz down, he had to do was to take his time however he raced in with the punches that are erroneous and put himself there to be hurt.
“This time we’ll see more poise. If he uses his skills and controls the strain, I think Joshua wins the battle.”
The entire world shocked . But not Barry.
Now the guy who warned a new world champion could be seen by us in New York believes hands will soon be changing .