Frank Warren insists it will be the same outcome when Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr meet again in the ring.
The pair are set for a rematch later this year, although there are doubts over where it will take place with Ruiz Jr adamant he will not travel to Saudi Arabia despite Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, announcing that is where the fight will be held.
Ruiz Jr stunned Joshua at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1, to take the Brit’s IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles, after agreeing to the fight on just six weeks’ notice.
Joshua has vowed to be a ‘completely different beast’ when he faces the Mexican-American second time round and has insisted he will win back his titles.
But veteran boxing promoter Warren, who works with Joshua’s British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury, believes Ruiz Jr has the hold on AJ.
“You can only look at what you see last time, and Ruiz took AJ’s best shot and got off the floor and took the fight to him,” he said, speaking on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast show.
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“You saw that AJ couldn’t take what Ruiz did with him, he put it on him, he was on the floor two or three times and he never won a round of the fight after that knock down, not one round.
“And remember, this was a guy who took the fight on five or six weeks’ notice. This time around if he does fight, wherever it takes place, he will have at least 10 to 12 weeks in training camp.
“I’m not saying it’s going to make a lot of difference to his physical appearance, but certainly mentally he’ll be better prepared for it and he will be fitter.
“I don’t see much of a different outcome this time around.”
Warren’s view is shared by Fury, who said earlier this week: “It was all about Joshua at that time when he was fighting Ruiz, nobody gave Ruiz a prayer.
“But now it’s about Ruiz and I believe Ruiz does exactly the same the second time round.”
When asked if he anticipated another knockout, Fury continued: “One million per cent. I thought Ruiz won every round in that fight.
“It wasn’t a fluke punch like Hasim Rahman and Lennox Lewis, and then in the rematch he turned up, didn’t get hit with a punch and knocked him out.
“He clearly lost the rounds. He was getting outboxed, he was getting outfought and then he got knocked down three times, two to boot.
“So I don’t see him really improving, not unless he comes out on his toes and tries to do a Tyson Fury and slip out the way, which he doesn’t have the body type or the boxing ability to do.”