Undefeated WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder isn’t expecting a different result Saturday night, when Andy Ruiz Jr. defends his world heavyweight titles against Anthony Joshua.
The first bout took place in June, when Ruiz dropped Joshua four times to secure a stoppage win in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“I really do think he has his number,” Wilder told Business Insider.
Wilder rejects any talk of Ruiz landing a lucky punch in the third round of the fight.
Joshua had dropped Ruiz in the third, but then he got clipped with a counter-hook as he tried to close the show. He never recovered from that shot and was dropped twice in the same round.
“There’s no way [Ruiz Jr.] can be a lucky puncher,” Wilder said. “This man landed multiple times, that’s a lot of lucky punches.”
Wilder knows about rematches. He knocked out Luis Ortiz in seven rounds after stopping him in ten rounds the first time around. And he blew away Bermane Stiverne in a single round, after going the distance with him in the first bout.
He feels Ruiz is going to have a big mental edge in the bout.
“We’re in a dangerous sport,” Wilder said. “Somebody’s gonna get knocked out and you just hope it’s not gonna be you.”
“I’m telling you, from a fighter’s point of view, when you’re knocking a guy down like that multiple times, you know what to expect and know what to do the second time. Try and do the same thing you did the first time, the second time. “You’ve figured out his weaknesses.”