ANDY RUIZ JR reckons Anthony Joshua can get the better of Tyson Fury – but only if he adopts an aggressive approach to the blockbuster fight.
Unified heavyweight king Joshua is set to throw down with his WBC counterpart in the summer, with a rematch expected to take place in November or December.
Joshua's chances of beating Fury have been written off by many, with some claiming he won't land on the fleet-footed Gypsy King.
But Ruiz Jr believes AJ can get the job done if he doesn't box at distance as he did in their 2019 rematch.
Mexico's first heavyweight champion told The Daily Mail: "Fury has a really weird style.
"I feel if Joshua doesn't box around – like he did to me – and goes forward, throws his combinations, I think Anthony will pull out the victory."
A date and venue for the biggest fight in the history of British boxing has yet to be finalised.
However, Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, recently revealed the long-awaited Battle of Britain is on course to take place in July.
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During an appearance on The AK and Barak show, he said: "In July.
"The date depends on many different things. For one venue, it’s the backend of July, and for another venue, it’s the first week of July.
"There’s been a bit of talk about Wembley, which is difficult, but we got 100,000 capacity, which the government is working towards.
"Wembley is trying to initiate full capacity.
"So if we did have full capacity at the end of July, Wembley comes into the conversation.
"In AJ’s head, this comes down to as much money as possible, but for AJ, I’m not saying he’s looking for the right deal, but he just wants to fight.
"He wants this fight next more than anything.
"So if it’s 100,000 at Wembley, Anthony Joshua is 1 million percent signed and in for this fight.
"Obviously, we have to do our job and go around the world and present all the offers to the fighters, but Anthony Joshua has told me categorically that if it’s Wembley and full up, ‘I’m in.’
"But firstly, I have to deal with all these approaches for the fighters.”
Hearn, 41, added: "AJ is in 100 per cent full camp.
"In his mind, this is the only fight that is going to happen next. Whoever comes up with the best opportunity, it’s on.
"I hope that will come from the other side as well because everybody signed a contract, and they have to approve the site and the deal as far as the site offers.
"But it’s going to be significant."
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