Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce was shocked when he saw Andy Ruiz shock Anthony Joshua for the WBO, IBO, WBA, IBF world titles.
Last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ruiz dropped Joshua four times before the contest was waved off in the seventh round.
Joyce, who returns to the ring against Bryant Jennings on July 13 at the O2 Arena, had trained side by side with Ruiz in the past – when both boxers were being handled by Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.
Going in, Joyce had expected Joshua to batter Ruiz within the first half of the fight with no issues.
Ruiz was dropped in the third round, but then he came back in the same round to drop Joshua two times. He would go on to drop him two more times in the seventh, before the contest was waved off.
“I thought he [Joshua] would dispatch him quite easily because Ruiz was up in Big Bear [California] where I was training with Abel Sanchez. He was sparring with Charles Martin who Joshua flattened to get his first world title,” Joyce told Talk Sport.
“I didn’t really think too much of Ruiz and he didn’t want to spar me! I don’t think his fitness was there because he could only do roughly two rounds with Charles Martin! And he didn’t want to spar me. I didn’t really think he could do it.”