Former two division champion David Haye is not giving Andy Ruiz a real shot of pulling off any type of upset on Saturday night.
Ruiz will challenge WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The contest will be Joshua’s official debut in the United States.
Ruiz, who came in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed three pre-fight drug tests, is a huge underdog in the contest.
Haye believes the fight could become tougher if Joshua pays attention to the physique of Ruiz – but he expects the Olympic gold medal winner to deal with this contest in rapid fashion.
“If you didn’t know he was a boxer, you could go into any pub and drag a random man out and he would be in better physical condition appearance-wise than Andy Ruiz. On paper, and in reality, it could be a decent match-up but when you look at a prime athlete standing next to someone who looks like they don’t take their health and fitness seriously, it puts a dampener on the fight,” Haye told The Mirror.
“I’m fully aware that everyone has a different body shape but there’s body fat and there’s body fat. But he only had six weeks’ notice, and ideally for a fight against Joshua you need 12-15 weeks of serious, hardcore preparation. He took the opportunity to earn money he will never earn again to fight the best heavyweight on the planet, but believe it or not he is much better than people give him credit for.
“His appearance might actually give him an advantage because people think he’s fat but he turns up and can punch for 12 rounds and grind people down. Hopefully Joshua doesn’t look at him and think it’ll be an easy night’s work. As long as Joshua has trained as if he is fighting Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder then he will win the fight pretty easily. The only chance Joshua has of struggling is if he’s underestimated Ruiz.
“I think Joshua beats him up pretty conclusively, he has too much firepower. If you strip the unnecessary body fat from Ruiz he would be a cruiserweight. He’s not a big guy and if Joshua takes him seriously it will be pretty brutal and quick, probably within four rounds.”