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Whyte: If Ruiz Can Knock Joshua Out I Can Also

Whyte: If Ruiz Can Knock Joshua Out I Can Also

British heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte says he can emulate Andy Ruiz Jr by knocking out Anthony Joshua.

Joshua regained his WBA ‘super’ IBF and WBO belts in a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr, avenging a shock stoppage loss last June.

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He is due to make his next title defence against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20.

Whyte is set to risk his mandatory status against Alexander Povetkin, Russia’s former WBA champion in Manchester on May 2.

He would welcome the opportunity to renew his long-standing rivalry with Joshua, having defeated him as an amateur before suffering a professional defeat via a seventh round knockout in 2015.

And he firmly believes he can exploit the same weaknesses as Ruiz Jr, if he receives another fight with Joshua.

“If Ruiz can knock him out, I can 100 per cent knock him out, because I’m a harder puncher than Andy Ruiz, pound-for-pound,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“I’ve got better feet than him as well, and better boxing technique than Andy Ruiz. He’s got fast hands, but his feet are slow.

“I’ve shown also in fights that I can come back from being down on the scorecards and I carry knockout power in the later stages of the fight as well, which is a big thing for a heavyweight.

“A lot of heavyweights can only get you in one to six rounds. If they don’t get you early, then that’s a wrap for them.

“I showed you that I can get you round one, round two, round three, round four, or even round 11 and round 12, I can get you.”

On the possibility of facing Joshua again Whyte said: “Yeah, I would love that. I would love to fight Joshua again, at a drop of a hat.

“It’s one of the biggest fights out there. I’m in the game to have the biggest fights and the most meaningful fights. I’m trying to make history.

“Imagine, to get one shot at all the marbles at once, how unreal that would be after all this nonsense – and then out of nowhere, me and Joshua fight, I knock him out and became undisputed champion of the world.”

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