Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT.com that he believes Anthony Joshua will exact revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr when they meet again on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.
The entire boxing world was stunned earlier this year when the Mexican-American dethroned the British champion in New York, though a rematch is now set for the end of the year.
Saudi Arabia’s selection as the venue has attracted some criticism over human rights concerns.
Malignaggi is unfazed by this though, and told talkSPORT.com: “It’s whoever pays, right? This is boxing.
“If we’re gonna start judging everybody then we can talk about the Europeans had colonisation and the Americans went over to North America when the Indians were there.
“If we’re gonna start judging everybody on their human rights actions we can just go on and on and on.
“Not to say that any of this is right, but if you start to judge and not deal with people based on human perspective of the way they run their government, you’re gonna lose out on a lot of places to hold these events.”
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As for the fight itself, the former two weight world champion predicts both men will improve and provide an even better contest in December.
Malignaggi continued: “I feel like Joshua’s gonna make some adjustments and I feel like Ruiz is gonna also show us the best of him as well.
“The fight came so easy to Ruiz that I don’t think we got to see all of Ruiz either.
“If I had to pick, I’d probably expect Joshua to pull it out, but I think it’s gonna be a good fight.”
Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are being lined up for a rematch early next year.
America’s WBC champion must first defeat Luis Ortiz again, while the ‘Gypsy King’ survived a serious cut scare and came through his assignment against Otto Wallin on Saturday.
“I think there’s a consistency to Tyson Fury and the consistency is this – he’s consistently inconsistent,” Malignaggi concluded.
“Before the Klitschko fight I don’t think he gave any impression from any of his performances prior that he would be able to do that to Wladimir Klitschko and the bookmakers made the odds accordingly.
“Before the Wilder fight, he had a long layoff, two relatively pedestrian performances going into the fight. Again we wouldn’t really expect him to give a performance that he gave in the Wilder fight and most people thought he won the fight.
“You kind of see him lower himself or rise to the level of opposition, but then he looked great [against Tom Schwarz] in June.
“With the Wallin fight, and you’ve gotta give Wallin credit, but it’s also down to Tyson as well. He also doesn’t get up as much for opponents that on paper are not supposed to pose a threat to him.
“I think at this point you don’t judge Fury for that, he’s done this in the past and then he’s put on great performance against great fighters.”