Frank Warren EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua’s flaws ‘radically exposed’ by Andy Ruiz Jr, what would’ve happened aga

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The boxing boss has reacted to Saturday’s shocking upset in New York

Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has exclusively told talkSPORT that Anthony Joshua was ‘radically exposed’ by Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday night in New York.

The unfancied Mexican-American challenger stunned the British world champion with four knockdowns and a seventh-round stoppage to claim the crown and spoil AJ’s US debut.

Andy Ruiz Jr was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller and was a rank outsider to beat Anthony Joshua

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Andy Ruiz Jr was a late replacement for Jarrell Miller and was a rank outsider to beat Anthony Joshua

Reflecting on the fight, Warren showed sympathy towards the dethroned ex-king, but insisted the signs were already there.

Speaking to Jim White the promoter said: “He’s become a massive favourite in this country and quite rightly so, no-one wants to kick him when he’s down.

“However, when you analyse his actual record and you look at the guys he’s fought – he won the world title off of Charles Martin who was probably the worst heavyweight champion there’s been during my time in boxing.

Tyson Fury signed a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren and Bob Arum

Tyson Fury signed a co-promotional deal with Frank Warren and Bob Arum

“He got that title because of the fact Tyson vacated and it opened the door up for Anthony. He capitalised on it and good luck to him.

“He fought a Klitschko who had been taken to school 18 months previously by Tyson Fury in Germany.

“Klitschko had him on the floor, you could see then that there were some flaws to be exploited.

“I always felt he had defensive flaws which were radically exposed on Saturday.”

Ruiz Jr is the first Mexican world heavyweight champion

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Ruiz Jr is the first Mexican world heavyweight champion

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Warren feels Saturday’s result has now established Fury’s status as the world’s premier heavyweight, though concedes that Deontay Wilder is among that mix too.

Both Fury and Wilder have had plenty to say about Joshua’s demise, while Warren simply envisaged a scenario in which AJ was facing either of his two major rivals at the weekend.

“If he’d have been in that ring on Saturday night against Tyson Fury, who’s a really good boxer and certainly punches harder than Ruiz, what would’ve happened?

“If he was in the ring with Deontay, who’s the hardest hitting heavyweight of the last 20-odd years, then it’d have been over much quicker.

“It wouldn’t have been four knockdowns, it’d have been one knockdown.”

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