Andy Ruiz admits partying got in way of training for Anthony Joshua rematch

Ruiz suffered a wide points defeat (Picture: Getty)

Andy Ruiz has admitted he ‘trained himself’ for his rematch with Anthony Joshua as partying got in the way of preparing for his first world title defence.

Joshua comprehensively beat Ruiz in a punch-perfect display, with the defending champion unable to impose himself on his rival as he did in their first fight.

Ruiz was a stone heavier for the rematch and conceded he let his new-found fame distract him from beating Joshua.

‘I was overweight man. Everyone told me I was too heavy but I didn’t listen. I think the partying got me,’ Ruiz said in the post-fight press conference.

Joshua outboxed Ruiz over 12 rounds (Picture: Getty)

‘I tried to do the training on my own. I got too confident. I’m sorry Manny [Robles, my coach] and I’m sorry Dad, I should have listened you.’

‘I think we started too late [to train]’ he continued. ‘I don’t want to say three months of partying affected me, but to tell you the truth it did.

‘I’ve learned this mistake. I’m still young and I’m glad I learned that now, because there’s lots of fights coming for me.’

Asked what he would do differently in the rematch, Ruiz had a simple answer.

He said: ‘Listen to my coach and listen to my dad. Be more concentrated in the fight, take it more serious. There’s no excuse. Train harder and take it more serious. I think the partying and everything got the best of me.’

Manny Robles refused to criticise his fighter after the loss, instead insisting the defeat was the fault of the entire Ruiz team.

‘As a coach, you’ve got to be with your fighter 100 per cent,’ he said. ‘I’m not the first fighter or coach when things happen in camp.’

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