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Anthony Joshua on course and primed for heavyweight return with Andy Ruiz

Anthony Joshua on course and primed for heavyweight return with Andy Ruiz”

Ruiz Jr would inflict a shocking defeat on Joshua at Madison Square Garden, stripping the Brit of his three world titles with a seventh-round knockout.

Both men are switching into fight mode at the moment.

Joshua suggested that he has moved since his shock loss in NY, saying: "I couldn't beat Ruiz Jr. earlier and get the honor I deserved. You can not be lacking anything and I have not been protected, Rob has not overseen sparring with anyone's arm behind their back". I didn't have that mindset.

"I have had one loss but I am not about to become a p*ssy overnight and not be able to fight".

"It has not been easy to deal with the pressure, it has been one thing or another every day, we have been working and every day there is something. they want to interview him, invite him to an event, they wait for him outside for autographs and photos, and sometimes he has had to say no because no matter how much you want do it, sometimes you can't". You go into a boxing ring without questioning yourself.

"I will never get my weight down and then adjust my sparring to that".

"I am sure I know what I have to do now, and I have prepared the best I can to get out and perform". I still had the will and the fire inside of me.

"It was an fantastic fight the first time and I'm going to make adjustments this time".

"I'd rather go through difficulty in the ring than go through my whole career being ideal". I feel like I can control myself, and I've learned.

On his mental strength, Joshua, 30, added: "We haven't done anything differently mentally, I am a champion".

With his rematch with Ruiz Jr fast approaching, behind-the-scenes footage has been released of the first fight in NY.

"The blessing is that, because of so much adversity, that great opportunity has come to correct my mistake and become a heavyweight champion twice".

"Of course I wanted to be there", Joshua said. That is a good place to be inside.

Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz is Sunday morning at 2 a.m., live Sky sports, after Callum Smith vs. John Ryder on Saturday night.



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