MIKE Tyson has backed Andy Ruiz Jr to repeat his stunning victory over Anthony Joshua.
The Mexican-American dropped Joshua four times before stopping him in the seventh round in June.
The pair are negotiating a rematch for Ruiz’s three heavyweight world titles – and Tyson is confident of a repeat performance.
“(Andy) came the other day, we talked. His energy is wonderful, he is a beautiful person,” Tyson told ESPN Deportes. “If he did it once, he can do it again.”
The venue and date of the rematch are yet to be confirmed with Joshua favouring a December date at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Anthony Joshua identifies one area he needs to improve for Andy Ruiz Jr rematch. Ruiz, however, was adamant he will not travel to the UK with Saudi Arabia now among the favourites to host the fight.
The champion said: “AJ says he can ‘whoop’ me in Tijuana; prove it, let’s run it in Mexico. Remember that you did have a huge reason to come to America and that was to build your profile.” Joshua still hopes to have the backing of a home crowd.
“It’s fine, I don’t mind fighting him in America, I’ve done it before, and I’d love to fight here because I had no reason to go in the first place,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I went there off my own back, so for the rematch now, I would love it to be in Cardiff, however, [if] it’s going to be on neutral ground, Ruiz is the champ, we’ll kind of make some calls as well in that situation.
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“But I’m going to battle for it to be in the UK, because it’s my stomping ground. I done one out there, so let’s do the rematch here. I think it will be amazing before the year is out and I’ll definitely be having a lovely new years with my family.
“You’ve got two ends of it. There’s one, I’d fight in Tijuana and Ruiz’s uncle could be the referee and I would still whoop him.
“It don’t matter to me where it is, there’s that aspect, but then there’s the other aspect of the British fans that have been riding with me from day one want to see me get them belts back.
“Walking out in Cardiff in front of 70, 80, 90,000 people screaming and rooting for you to win, that type of energy that goes through your body is unstoppable, and I think that could give me that little bit of edge I need to win those belts.”