Joshua’s reign as WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion came to an abrupt end in the summer at the hands of Ruiz Jr.
Ruiz Jr – a late replacement for the disgraced Jarrell Miller – shocked the world by stopping Joshua in the seventh round of his American debut, a feat which saw him become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion.
Joshua, 30, will bid to exact revenge on Ruiz Jr three weeks on Saturday in Saudi Arabia.
And ahead of AJ’s rematch with ‘The Destroyer’, Fury has insisted his fellow Brit shouldn’t feel ashamed for coming up short in the contest.
“You can only do your best in life,” Fury said of Joshua’s defeat to Ruiz Jr during an appearance on talkSPORT. “You can’t please everybody.
“He tried his best, it wasn’t good enough on the night. He didn’t look right, he didn’t look like he wanted to be there for whatever reason.
“But it was what it was. You can’t do any better than your best and if it is not good enough there is no shame in that.
“The shame is not doing it in the beginning, not following your dreams. But he has done.”
Despite having thrown his fair share of verbal jabs Joshua’s way, Fury is proud of how the Watford warrior used the sport of boxing to turn his life around.
‘The Gypsy King’ said: “He has changed his stars. Started from the bottom, straight to the top. He has done very, very well.
“I am proud of him as a person and as a sportsman.
“Ruiz is a top little fighting fella. Game as they come. It is a tough fight for anybody.
“People underestimate him because of the way looks. You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Fury’s next outing is expected to be a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, whom he fought to a controversial split draw last December.
The pair’s eagerly-anticipated second meeting will take place in the USA on February 22, provided Wilder comes through his rematch with Luiz Ortiz on Saturday week.
Published at Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:03:00 +0000