Andy Ruiz Jr has stated that he will envisage Anthony Joshua trying to take his kids’ cereal to motivate him ahead of their crucial heavyweight rematch on December 7.
The Mexican produced one of the greatest upsets in boxing history back in June, stopping Joshua in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
After stepping in as a last-minute replacement for drug-shamed Jarrell Miller, Ruiz made a mockery of the pre-fight odds when he climbed off the canvas to knock the overwhelming favourite down four times and deliver his first professional defeat.
AJ has the chance to reclaim his WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBO titles when he locks horns with Ruiz again in a pivotal Saudi Arabia rematch labelled ‘Clash on the Dunes’.
But the new champion isn’t planning on handing the belts back to Joshua, revealing his extraordinary motivation technique on the Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast.
When asked by “Iron” Mike what goes through his head before a fight, Ruiz said: “I’m just like ‘damn man, the guy in front of me, he’s trying to rip my head off, he’s trying to take my kids’ Cheerios away from the kitchen, their Cornflakes.’
“I’m mostly just thinking about them, because I don’t wanna lose and I don’t want them to be disappointed.
“At the end of the day, I just fight for my kids and my family.”
Tyson then asked what his children’s friends at school say about his monumental success.
“I’m like a superhero, especially to my kids,” Ruiz replied.
“At least they can say ‘my Daddy can beat your Daddy up’ or something.
“So yeah, they’re really happy man. They’re really blessed.”