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07 Dec 2019 21:51:31
Without a showdow of doubt Andy Ruiz jr is showing the worst performance of a heavyweight champion I've seen in 30 years of watching boxing.

{Ed007's Note - I don't watch much boxing these days but he's some shape, I see guys at the diabetic clinic in better nick.}

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07 Dec 2019 22:20:00
I have to say, I was genuinely worried about this fight for Joshua, but after I saw the weigh in, with Ruiz putting on another 15lbs, I didn't feel so anxious. It's a shame really, because Ruiz jr could have been so much more.

But let's not discredit Joshua, he put on a solid performance and rightly regained his titles. On to bigger and better things now, hopefully either Whyte in April or Fury in June after he's beaten Wilder.

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08 Dec 2019 12:53:58
Fair play to AJ he done alright, fair play to Saudi Arabia and sky they put in a good show, Andy Ruiz Jr on the other hand is a disgrace. No1 can tell him he was at his fighting best last night, u can't be with all that flab. He might have trained his backside off, but u can't out train a bad diet. He will prob retire now, he should if that's the condition he wants to fight in.

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08 Dec 2019 17:56:58
Listening to the pundits, they r calling it a masterclass from AJ. He done ok imo and fair play to him, but last night convinced me that Wilder will really hurt him badly and Fury will ease to a UD against him.

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08 Dec 2019 21:11:30
It definitely wasn't a masterclass, but AJ's their golden boy so they're going to big him up as much as they can.

Wilder has the power to badly hurt any heavyweight in all fairness, but AJ isn't exactly a powder puff puncher himself. It really is a case of who lands a hurtful shot first, as both boxers have shown vunerabilities.
The reason I say this is because if you put AJ in front of Wilder when he was hurt against Molina, Ortiz and Fury I can see AJ finishing Wilder in those moments. But I can also return the favour and put Wilder infront of AJ when he was hurt against Whyte, Klitschko and Ruiz and see Wilder finishing AJ.

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09 Dec 2019 00:49:04
Either way I think Ruiz deserves the trilogy which I think aj and Hearn will go above and beyond to avoid.

Fair play to aj he boxed fell and the win was fully deserved.

One little gripe I have though is this stay humble thing he keeps saying. Humble people don’t say stay humble. In my opinion Salah and mane are humble sportsmen. Aj has always came across as slightly arrogant and cocky which he tries to conceal when I’d much prefer him if he was a bit more cocky. But I guess it’s all about protecting the brand and keeping that money train going.

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09 Dec 2019 12:16:04
Hes not the worst in the world AJ but what does my head in about him is that he's so obviously trying to be the second coming of Muhammad Ali, seems very fake to me.
Imo that's the end of Ajs travelling for awhile, he will return to England and face the likes of Pulev, Whyte and usyk, he will not want Fury or Wilder.
Ruiz will retire imo.

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09 Dec 2019 14:30:00
You might be right about the retirement statement Roro. I don't think he deserves a trilogy fight as this victory for AJ was so conclusive. AJ lost maybe 1 or 2 rounds at best in that fight, and the first fight is now widely seen as a fluke.
It also didn't help that Ruiz made up a shedload of excuses as to why he lost. Stating that it was complete unprofessionalism that made him lose, which is unprofessional in itsself. It's done just like Lewis and Rahman, no need for a 3rd fight.

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09 Dec 2019 17:54:42
He doesn't deserve a 3rd fight mate. He was the heavyweight champion of the world and he showed them titles absolutely no respect by coming in to fight in that condition.

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06 Dec 2019 16:21:11
So we've spoken about Ruiz vs Joshua 2 in depth, let's talk about the undercard.

Povetkin vs Hunter
This should be a good fight, they both came in around the same weight, just 3lbs between them with Povetkin being the heavier at 229. I think that Hunter will win, but Povetkin can really, really bang.
Hunter UD

Hrgovic vs Molina
This should only last a couple of rounds. Molina is only a part time boxer, plus he was on PED's against Joshua and didn't even do anything.
Hrgovic inside 5.

Whyte vs Wach
Whyte still under investigation by UKAD, but has been cleared to fight. I expect this will only go in Whyte's favour, and given Whyte has come in at a career heaviest (271lbs), a knockout is likely.
Whyte inside 8.

Majidov vs Little.
Kind of feel sorry for Tom Little, he's been royally shafted by Eddie Hearn and Boxing in general. He seems to be getting thrown in with some serious competition with the likes of Price, Dubios and Hrgovic, now Eddie throws him in with Majidov, who beat AJ in the amatuers and is highly fancied to go on to win world titles.
Majidov inside 3 for me.

The rest I don't really know much about, so I won't comment on those, but these fights are as follows.

Zuhayr Al Qahtani (7-0-0) vs Omar Dusary (7-0-1)
Diego Pacheco (7-0-0) vs Selemani Saidi (20-15-5)
Ivan 'Hopey' Price (1-0-0) vs Swedi Mohamed (12-6-2)
Majid Al Naqbi (3-0-0) vs Ilia Beruashvili (8-12-0)

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06 Dec 2019 19:45:34
Dillian Whyte has been officially cleared by UKAD.

full statement

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06 Dec 2019 22:13:23
Cheers for that hsf mate. I agree with all your predictions there, easy hunter to win on points. Its not a great undercard tbh but that's expected when AJ fights as he takes so much of the pot.

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07 Dec 2019 03:05:45
No problem bud.

Good news on Dillian Whyte too, I was beginning to think it might drag on like the Fury test, as well as Ryan Martin, also ending up in a ridiculous ban.

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07 Dec 2019 13:36:41
Yeah good news for Whyte, he doesn't look fit to me. Going to change my predictions for his fight I think it will go the distance now, also think povetkin will win by ko, although I want them all to ge the distance so the main fight is pushed back, I'm not home till 10.

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06 Dec 2019 12:19:25
i don't think aj will have it that easy tomorrow. most pundits and even people I know think it will be a breeze for him.
the only way aj wins for me is if he can use his jab and keep ruiz at range otherwise it can go same way as before imo.

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06 Dec 2019 14:31:54
So Joshua has come in 3 stone lighter than Ruiz. Ruiz came in at 20st 3lbs - 15lbs heavier than their first fight. Where as Joshua came in at 16st 13lbs, his lowest in a title fight.

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06 Dec 2019 14:49:08
Shocked to see Ruiz so heavy. Maybe his plan is to lean on AJ and smother him? Really surprised he came in so heavy though and it doesn't look like he's been putting the muscle on either.

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06 Dec 2019 15:09:09
Yeah this definitely threw me off. I was expecting Ruiz to come in around the same, maybe even lighter.

Maybe Ruiz hasn't trained as hard for this fight? Or feels he doesn't need too?

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06 Dec 2019 22:14:20
Yeah it was mentioned after he win that maybe he won't have the hunger anymore. Looks like he hasn't mate.

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07 Dec 2019 03:26:31
We should not underestimate Ruiz again. He is very capable, as we saw in the last fight.

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07 Dec 2019 10:44:02
It's a disgraceful state to be boxing professionally in.

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07 Dec 2019 13:39:05
It is Mike. I fancied Ruiz to win by knock out again until I seen the state of him at the weigh in.

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05 Dec 2019 16:20:12
My take on Ruiz vs Joshua II.

That's look at the first fight. Six weeks before, Joshua was set to make his American debut against the big talking Miller, in his mind he was making a big world statement. Who better to make your American debut against than a loud talking New Yorker, whose linguistic skills could really help the Ppv numbers. Fast forward and in stepped this soft spoken round Mexican who most give no chance. Could he fight? Yes, but AJ would walk through him, well how wrong could we be. Not only did Ruiz have the skills, he also had the heart and shocked the world, . They both would have entered the first fight with a game plan and 1min into round three both them game plans went out the window. As soon as Ruiz got hit that fight completely changed from a tactical battle to a slug fest.
What was wrong with Joshua? He did not look his usual relaxed self, rumours circulated that he was concussed from a knock out in sparring weeks before although they were put to bed as simply that, rumours. Although something was clearly different with Joshua's demeanour, he had made the oldest mistake in boxing and overlooked his opponent. He had listened to and read the criticisms about the choice of Ruiz. He maybe even felt a little embarrassed by the difference physically, yes some inside of boxing give Ruiz a good chance but most the fans and pundits seen this fight ending whenever Joshua wanted it to end. Joshua's mind, as Cus D'Amato (trainer of Mike Tyson) used to say of his young prodigy, was not on his work. He put the work in in the gym, he trained as hard as he had done in previous camps but his main focus was on distractions outside of the ring. From A list celebrities to old school rap artists, Joshua was feeling the love from all sides and that drew his attention away from the task at hand.
Rob McCracken's instructions although basic, were correct. Keep your hands up, use your height and throw straight shots. It was Joshua who would not or could not implement those tactics, choosing to keep his left hand dangerously low and look for power shots. He believed that once he landed Ruiz was collapse and that's exactly what happened, problem was as soon as Ruiz' back side touched the canvas the fight had changed and was time for him to adjust. While Ruiz was adjusting Joshua was back in the locker room celebrating with all them A list stars and old school rap artists. It was not in Joshua's mentality that he would have to adjust in this fight. He did not think he would need to, his amateurish conversations with McCracken only added to the confusion, as Joshua could not apprehend that he was in a real fight.
On that night in New York, Ruiz not only took Joshua's belts, he took all his self belief and confidence also. He knows now he can hurt Joshua, he knows now he is faster than Joshua, he knows now that he can out fight Joshua and he knows now that he can make Joshua quit, and that is crucial, because on June 1st that is exactly what Joshua done, he quit. He was not mentally prepared that night and Ruiz Showed the world this major flaw. This is a great obstacle that Joshua is going to have to overcome if he is going to take those belts home again. Both men will start the second flight with a game plan but as the fight plays out, the fighter who is able to adjust his game plan will be victorious. Coming into this second bout lighter, Joshua will look to use his natural advantages and keep Ruiz at length, Ruiz will try and slip that jab and attack head and body with combinations, but at one stage in this fight both fighters will have to adjust. Ruiz will look to get closer and turn it into another slug fest, but what can Joshua do? If his plan A is not working does he have a plan B or C to fall back on? Well in his previous fights his plan B had been to become the aggressor and go toe to toe relying on his power to get him out of trouble and until he faced Ruiz it had. Problem is now that Joshua's plan B is the same as Ruiz' plan B and the Mexican is better at it. It's not advisable to have a slug fest with a Mexican especially in the heat of a desert, and it's of this writers opinion that it will turn out that way. Some say that Joshua and Matchroom are cashing in by staging this fight in Saudi Arabia and maybe they are. If Eddie Hearn was correct when he said Joshua would have the final say in location, it's an odd choice to say the least for such a crucial career defining fight, although the £60 million Joshua is reportedly receiving will soften the blow if he does have to enter into he who needs him club.
Repeat or revenge? At one stage this fight will turn into a slug fest, its at that point that it comes down to heart and determination something that both men have had to show in the past although a slug fest will always favour Ruiz and it's this writers opinion that we will see a repeat knock out victory for Andy Ruiz on Saturday night.
By Roro.

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06 Dec 2019 09:42:30
Nice read mate. I was thinking that Joshua would win on points, however the closer it gets to the fight, the less confident I am of a Joshua win.

That being said, he's allegedly going to come in under 17st, which could go either way. His punch resistence won't be as good, but he'll be more fleet of foot.

Either way, I won't be watching it live, I'll watch the highlights on youtube the next day. Unless Ruiz wins, which means Sky won't upload it for a week.

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06 Dec 2019 11:58:27
Cheers hsf mate.

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02 Dec 2019 21:29:43
Any reliable streams for this weekend lads? Ko in the 7th again by ruiz.

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03 Dec 2019 10:55:06
I'm working till 10 o'clock on Saturday night and ring walk is supposed to be 8 30, gutted work I do I certainly hear about the fight before I get chance to watch it. I want AJ to win cause I want to see him fight Fury and Wilder but on the Gloves r off show I seen a beaten man in AJ, as Austin Powers would day he's lost his mojo.

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03 Dec 2019 11:49:10
I don't have a stream, but I think AJ will do him on points. I think he'll fight like he did against Parker - use his size to his advantage and keep the fight long.

I watched a video on youtube by "The Fight Game" and his analysis of the fight was very good. He didn't give his conclusion on what the rematch would be, but I found his analysis very interesting.

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07 Dec 2019 19:56:49
Hesgoals lerchy has it.

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01 Dec 2019 20:43:19
Anyone see the frampton fight? Good win and boxed well. That's how u beat wilder, watch frampton put his head on your mans chest so that his long arms were useless.

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03 Dec 2019 01:02:26
I didn't see it, I've never really been a fan of Frampton. I know he was pretty good at point.

That's the reason why I think Miller could be a problem for Wilder if they fought. Although Miller is very hittable at range, if he gets up close it stops Wilder hitting so hard, and we've seen that Wilder has no inside game. I know he beat Ortiz with an inside uppercut in the first fight, but Ortiz was already in the clouds at that point.
I also think Kownacki would be an issue for Wilder, although Kownacki has never been hit by a proper concussive puncher, and he is very hittable at range.

By the way, have you seen who Crawford is fighting next? Lol.

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03 Dec 2019 10:50:53
Yeah he needs to leave top rank and move to PBC. For a fighter of his talents he should be fighting the best and PBC has thr best Welterweight fighters so they don't need Crawford, they can make the likes of Spence vs Porter easily. In reality through take Crawford out of Nebraska and he's not a big star, he needs to move stables.

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06 Dec 2019 10:31:37
Sorry Al Haymon (not TopRank) .

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06 Dec 2019 11:28:38
I guess my other post didn't come through? Never mind xD Lol.

{Ed007's Note - There's only 3 posts showing up from you today mate, these 2 and one on Roro1892's post above.}

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06 Dec 2019 14:40:26
Hmm, don't know then. But in brief I more or less agreed with Roro.

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27 Nov 2019 14:59:05
Watching the gloves r off for Ruiz vs Joshua 2. Ruiz has definitely got in Ajs head now. Can see it in Ajs eyes he's not confident.

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29 Nov 2019 22:51:29
Just watched it on youtube, Joshua looks anxious. He usually sits very still but he was constantly gripping the chair, tapping his fists on the chair and fidgiting a lot in general. Whether that's because he wants to just get in there and take his head off, or nerves I don't know. But there is definitely a change from Joshua.

Also worth mentioning that Ruiz has spent a shed load of money on matieral things. May not have the hunger any more.

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24 Nov 2019 09:39:53
Got to feel sorry for ortiz. Was comprehensively out boxing wilder and then bang good night. Wow wilder carries some power, a game changer. Don’t think I can remember seeing a boxer like wilder. Technically awful but with an equalizer of a right hand that’s good enough to carry him at the top. He’s right, opponents have to be perfect for 12 rounds, he just needs a second.

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25 Nov 2019 14:21:20
I felt bad for ortiz too but I think it was inevitable, we saw in the first fight that Ortiz didn’t have it in him to finish Wilder and he was always going to get caught with something big when he started to tire. That right hand is clearly very dangerous but I think the being perfect for 12 rounds thing is an exaggeration. If AJ had a perfect first few rounds then he’s definitely got the power to finish it early. The danger with someone like Fury is he doesn’t have the power to finish Wilder so he’s got to go the full 12 without getting hit with a huge right hand. AJ Wilder is the fight I think everyone would love to see, it’s bascially a case of whoever lands big first wins.

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25 Nov 2019 19:04:23
Imo most exciting boxer on the planet atm, that power is something else. Who beats him? Or how to beat him? Difficult questions but it reminds me of Andre Ward vs Kovalev the first fight. I remember thinking how is ward going to win this when he can't hurt Kovalev and Kovalev can take his head off with any shot? So ward came up with a game plan to attack the body and avoid Kovalev's heavy shots. Not saying everyone has the boxing ability of Andre Ward but it just shows that it can be done. Need to avoid Wilders heavy shots, plant your head on his chest and attack that body. Possibly someone like Ruiz could trouble Wilder with this tactics but in reality I think wilder flattens the lot of them.

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25 Nov 2019 19:37:55
But a half fit fury boxed the head off him for 11 rounds, so a fully fit fury could make him look foolish. I'd want to test the body but if I was fury.

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25 Nov 2019 20:19:50
People say that his opponents need to be perfect for 12 rounds. well he can be knocked out too you know? And if Eric Molina can hurt Wilder, and David Haye can make him do the Stanky leg in sparring, and Klitschko can ko him twice in sparring, then he can be beaten.

For the whole fight vs ortiz he did nothing, got completely out boxed for 6 rounds, then flattened him.
He paws with his jab, which is stupid, he over swings all the time and is open to left hooks like you wouldn't believe.
Someone like Parker, Povetkin or even Miller, would give Wilder nightmares.

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25 Nov 2019 21:23:56
U know mate I have been sitting thinking a boxer always beats a puncher and wilder is a nothing else but a puncher. Sort of shows u how bad the heavyweights r still in terms of quality, but don't underestimate that puncher cause he has something the rest want. His chin has stood the test so far, I'd test that body.

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25 Nov 2019 22:15:03
I don't know Roro, he got proper rocked by Molina, who is a powder puff puncher. He was wobbled in the 20 seconds he fought Breazeale (literally just before the KO), was out on his feet against Ortiz in the first fight, and every time Fury landed a straight right his legs buckled.
I just don't think he's been fighting good enough opponents in general. When you look at the quality on AJ's or Whyte's CV and compare it to Wilder, it's clear to see.

When Wilder comes up against a decent boxer, in his prime who can punch - he'll get beaten comprehensively in my opinion. As all his fights at title level have been cherry picks.

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25 Nov 2019 23:17:15
Name me one of the top 3 who r not cherry picking atm mate, wilder is the one I'd say is doing it the least. Ruiz was a cherry pick for AJ ( so he, and most people including myself thought), fury his last 2 have been a joke. Imo he beats AJ, fury I don't know. I can see fury out boxing him cause u r correct hsf mate wilder can't box but atm he doesn't have to, his confidence will be sky high and that's massive when going into a matchup mate.

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26 Nov 2019 16:29:24
Wilder reminds me of a modern day Jack Johnson. Watch his ko of Stanley Ketchel.

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26 Nov 2019 19:45:10
Ruiz was hardly a cherry pick. He was a late replacement for Jarrell "big pharmacy" Miller. They tried to get Ortiz and his team said no. They tried to get Whyte who also said no. Michael Hunter and Usyk were also considered. Ruiz was a last ditch attempt at salvaging the event.

Plus look at AJs cv. Whyte, Parker, Povetkin, Klitschko, Ruiz.
All of them are considered to be world level at the time of fighting, except for Whyte and Ruiz - both of which have proved their credentials.

Fury has a padded record for sure.

Wilders is totally padded. He rematches people he's already conclusively beaten, has fought two mandatories in 10 title defenses and none of his title fights, aside from his last 3 have been against top 15 ranked opponents (at the time of fighting) .

There is a reason that there was nearly 1000 points difference on boxrec's rankings before the wilder vs fury fight.

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26 Nov 2019 20:40:51
Lol 'big pharmacy' lol love it. I do agree mate out of the 3 Ajs record stands up best. That doesn't mean they looked at Ruiz as threat, they looked at him as a small wee cake lover who is waiting to get knocked out and choose him to use the Mexican angle. Had to fill seats in sort notice who better than a Mexican, never been a heavyweight Mexican world champ. Smart move.

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26 Nov 2019 21:56:34
Yeah but you look at a lot of the people not connected to the fight, saying that Ruiz was a harder fight than Miller. I'm not talking about youtube pundits either, people like Freddie Roach were saying that the general public are underestimating Ruiz and a Ruiz win wouldn't be an enormous surprise. So if people like Freddie Roach know how good he is, then surely someone like Eddie Hearn has some idea, especially with all the advisers and consultants he has helping him.

Yeah Big Pharmacy is a good one, I first heard it from BoxingSquard on Youtube.
He does good videos by the way, talks about a lot of the youngsters coming up, it's where I heard about Hrgovic for the first time. He also does unbias videos, even during the Joshua vs Parker fight (BS is from New Zealand) .

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26 Nov 2019 22:32:02
I think they all got sucked into the physical aspect of both men and seen Ruiz as the best ticket seller. Did they rush into it? Yes clearly, but the rematch should answer all r questions about the first fight.

Watched afew of his videos on YouTube myself mate, he's very good and knows his stuff. U recommended him to me about 4 years ago lol.

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23 Nov 2019 23:59:32
Terrible (but sadly predictable) result in Liverpool tonight. No way Smith won that fight. Ryder bossed it.

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24 Nov 2019 22:51:47
Didn't watch, but I followed it on the Sky Sports website on my phone. Reading what they were saying each round, then seeing the scorecards was a bit confusing. Sky were saying that it was a really close fight and that Maklin had Ryder 1 up by the final bell. Yet all the scorecards were a big margin for Smith.

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25 Nov 2019 00:26:35
Smith will never fight at 168 again based on that performance. I like him but he was awful last night. Ryder won easily. Giving Smith 5 rounds was generous. 9 was just plain corrupt. One of the worst decisions I have seen for years. The corruption in boxing is sickening. You'll see it again in two weeks. If AJ stays on his feet for 12 rounds he will win no matter what. Ruiz will have to knock him out to get a draw.

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26 Nov 2019 19:55:02
I had it 117-117, couldn't spilt them. I scored 6 rounds 10 10 to both fighters, was such a close fight but them 10 10 rounds could have went either way then it looks like a wide margin. Good scrap.

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23 Nov 2019 01:37:51
Predictions for Wilder vs Ortiz II?

Wilder came in at 219lbs, which is 5lbs heavier than their first fight.
Ortiz came in at 236lbs, which is 5lbs lighter than their first fight.

Ortiz looked like he aged over night after their first fight.

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23 Nov 2019 11:18:43
I think it will be like the stiverne second fight. Think wilder flattens him this time.

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23 Nov 2019 22:40:10
It wouldn't surprise me mate. Ortiz' age is questionalble at the best of times, but his recent fights have made him look very old.
As Ortiz has come in lighter, I imagine his punch resistence is going to be less, but I don't see him trying to be fleet of foot or anything like that, that's never been his style. So seeing him flattened in a few rounds wouldn't surprise me.

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23 Nov 2019 23:55:16
It would be great to be wrong but I think wilder ends this earlier than the first fight. Ortiz looks closer to 50 than 40 to me.

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