Anthony Joshua let the media into his training camp at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield yesterday as he draws nearer to his colossal Heavyweight World title rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, December 7, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Joshua was in a fiery mood as seeks to avenge the first defeat of his professional career at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1 and be crowned a two-time Heavyweight World Champion by winning back his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO crowns in the ‘Clash on the Dunes.’
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— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) November 20, 2019
When speaking to the media on Wednesday, Joshua was boastful that he would get his revenge.
“I’m fighting the best man in the world now,” Joshua said to the press. “I’m going to whup him, and show how great I am. They think he’s so great, so when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.”
Joshua blames the first fight, which became one of the most significant upset victories in boxing history by not having the right focus going into the contest.
“I couldn’t beat Ruiz Jr before and get the credit I deserved,” Joshua stated. “You saw me in the ring [before the fight] – I wasn’t fighting King Kong, was I? [I didn’t have] that mindset.
“Apparently I’m fighting the quickest hands and the best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me. It’s a restart, that’s the best way of explaining it.
Looking to get the belts back he lost to the hands of Ruiz, Joshua stated that this time around would be much different than the first.
“We’ve had plenty of time to prepare for the rematch, I’ve always had the challenger mindset. I’m in for a tough fight but I don’t have any fear of Andy. I’m not gun-shy, I’m ready to swing and trade,” Joshua stated.
The rematch between Ruiz and Joshua is going to shape up the landscape of the heavyweight division of 2020. We’ll see if his focus pays out in the biggest heavyweight fight of the year in December.