TYSON FURY has taken a cheeky dig at Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of his showdown with Anthony Joshua – by claiming he looks like a grown-up version of the kid from Disney film Up.
The 29-year-old was confirmed as AJ's opponent on June 1 at Madison Square Garden after Jarrell Miller failed three separate drug tests.
Ruiz Jr has come under fire over his weight before, with the Mexican-American heavyweight branded as a "fat slob" by Bob Arum in the past.
And Fury has chipped in with his critique of the former world title challenger – who lost against Joseph Parker with the WBO title on the line in December 2016.
Uploading a picture of Russell the boy scout from Up on his Instagram story, Fury said: "Remember the kid from Up.
"He’s now all grown up and is fighting Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title."
Ruiz Jr is confident at upsetting the odds next month and branded Joshua a "robot" as he looks to become the unified champion.
He said: "I think being so tall he fights like a big robot. I think with my style, my speed, my movement, I don’t think he’s fought anybody like me.
Remember the kid from Up. He’s now all grown up and is fighting Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title."
“It’s going to be a whole different ball game. All the guys that he’s fought, they usually run around from him.
"I don’t think he’s good going back. I’m going to bring the pressure, the speed, and the combinations to him.
“When I do pull out this win, everything is going to change. I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico, it’s going to mean everything.
“I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives – my life and all my kids. It’s a win-win situation right now, but the main thing is to win the fight and make history.”
While Joshua assured fans that he is fully confident of racking up his 23rd victory in style when he fights in America for the first time.
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AJ said: "Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace.
“We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style.
"The rent will be collected.”
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