‘He was like Muhammad Ali’: Barry McGuigan compares Anthony Joshua to the world’s greatest after putting on a masterclass to beat Andy Ruiz and reclaim his four heavyweight titles
- Anthony Joshua put on a boxing masterclass to beat Andy Ruiz in their rematch
- Barry McGuigan compared AJ’s performance to boxing legend Muhammad Ali
- AJ avenged his TKO defeat in June with a emphatic points victory in Saudi Arabia
- McGuigan insists Joshua’s boxing performance on Saturday reminded him of Ali
Barry McGuigan has compared Anthony Joshua to boxing legend Muhammad Ali after his impressive win over Andy Ruiz on Saturday night.
Joshua showed power, speed and skill to put on a boxing masterclass against his Mexican-American opponent and reclaim his four heavyweight titles in Saudi Arabia.
The 30-year-old avenged his TKO-defeat to Ruiz in June to become a two-time world heavyweight champion and the emphatic display was like watching Ali in his heyday, according to McGuigan.
Anthony Joshua has been compared to Muhammad Ali following his win over Andy Ruiz
Barry McGuigan was reminded of Ali (left) when watching Joshua fight on Saturday
McGuigan, who was a former featherweight world champion, was full of praise for Joshua before claiming he boxed ‘impeccably’ in the Riyadh desert.
‘I think this could not have been better,’ McGuigan told talkSPORT. ‘Hindsight is a great thing and we can see all of the things that we maybe speculated about.
‘But the bottom line is; the performance he put on, the versatility – we have never seen this before.
‘We saw him do a little bit of boxing in the [Joseph] Parker fight, but never move like that.
The British heavyweight claimed a unanimous points victory against Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia
‘He was like Muhammad Ali moving around like that, moving around the ring like that.
‘His hands weren’t as low, but he was disciplined, he was tactically on point from start to finish.
‘He boxed impeccably, magnificently, and he showed us another element to him. He has moved on and advanced as a fighter, as a human being, Anthony Joshua.’
Following Joshua’s night of redemption, sights have already turned to 2020 and who is next on his agenda.
McGuigan was full of praise for Joshua before claiming he boxed ‘impeccably’ in Riyadh
During an interview on Youtube channel iFL TV, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua’s next fight would take place in May.
The likely opponents are either Kubrat Pulev – the mandatory challenger for the IBF title – or Olexsander Usyk who is the WBO challenger.
Hearn said that Joshua could look to do three fights next year against both of those opponents and potentially the winner of the Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder rematch.
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