Andy Ruiz Jr apologised to his supporters for his disappointing display against Anthony Joshua – but he insists he will ‘come back stronger’ on his return to the ring.
The Mexican heavyweight was outclassed under the lights in Diriyah on Saturday night as Joshua dominated the judges’ cards 118-110 (twice) and 119-109 to become a two-time heavyweight champion.
Back home resting up in bed, Ruiz Jr took to his Instagram to deliver a message to those he feels he let down in the ring.
‘All my supporters, all my fans, all my loved ones I’m sorry I let you guys down,’ he began.
‘I know we didn’t get this victory but it was a learning experience, man.
‘I know I should have trained harder, I know I should have taken it more seriously but he won, no excuses. But best believe I am going to come back stronger.’
It remains unclear if the two men will face each other in a trilogy fight given Joshua will now face mandatory challengers for his belts.
But after the fight, Ruiz pointed to excessive celebrations after his win over Joshua in June as a reason behind his below-par performance in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking after the fight, Ruiz said: ‘I don’t want to say three months of partying didn’t affect me because it kind of did.
‘I just want to learn from this mistake. I am glad I learnt it when I am young.’
Following his victory over Joshua in June, Ruiz bought a mansion in California and amassed a car collection worth £785,000, as reported by The Sun.