Andy Ruiz Jr changes his prediction for Joshua vs Fury heavyweight fight winner

Andy Ruiz Jr has changed his prediction ahead of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury's hotly-anticipated world title fight later this year.

The two British heavyweights signed a mega-money deal in March for two fights in 2021, with only the venue yet to be agreed.

Ruiz Jr fought Joshua twice, knocking out AJ in the seventh round of their first meeting in 2019 before relinquishing the WBA, IBF and WBO titles in the rematch six months later.

Fury dethroned Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC belt, and Ruiz believed the Gypsy King would defeat AJ when he was asked about the fight back in February.

He told Little Giant Boxing: "I think that it’s gonna be an interesting fight.

"I fought Anthony Joshua, I haven’t fought Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury has a real style, he’s tall, he fights tall.

"I kinda see Tyson Fury winning that fight. I wasn’t too impressed with Anthony Joshua’s last performance, but he got the job done.

"I think maybe Tyson Fury might get him, depends how awkward he is.

"If he boxes – Anthony hasn’t fought anybody that boxes around and moves around, so we’ll see."

However, Ruiz has now changed his mind and believes Joshua has what it takes to pull off victory when the pair meet later this year.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: "Fury has a really weird style.

"I feel if Joshua doesn’t box around – like he did to me – and goes forward, throws his combinations, I think Anthony will pull out the victory."

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