In just over one week, Anthony Joshua will step foot into the ring for a career-defining fight.
On December 7, the Brit embarks on his revenge mission as he shares the ring once again with Andy Ruiz Jr, the Mexican underdog who defeated him on his American debut back in June.
It is being dubbed as one of the biggest rematches in heavyweight history, especially in the last decade or so, and all eyes will be on AJ and whether he can recover from his shock defeat just a few months ago.
Joshua went into that fight undefeated, and despite being tested and wobbled a few times beforehand, he was a dead cert to get past Ruiz Jr.
However, as we all know, that simply wasn’t the case.
Rocked in round three with a brutal left hook to the head, AJ never recovered from that and eventually went on to lose the fight after a stoppage in round seven.
Fast forward to November, and with the fight just one week away, Joshua is looking healthy and unsurprisingly, big.
The 30-year-old has recently posted a picture of him in training to his official Instagram account, and one thing that has sprung to the attentions of many is just how big his legs are.
Now we all know AJ has the physique of an athlete, with many saying he resembles a bodybuilder more than a boxer, but the size of his leg muscles haven’t gone unnoticed this time around.
But, having said this, Joshua looked in unreal condition for the first fight, and we all know what happened there.
It’s not about physique or the muscle, it’s about the style and the ability to get the fight won, which Andy Ruiz Jr did first time around.
Come December 7, we will finally know whether it’s repeat or revenge, but one thing is for sure, Anthony Joshua once again looks in ridiculous condition going into fight night.
Anthony Joshua has vowed to keep fighting until he 50 even if he loses his rematch to Andy Ruiz in December.
There are some questioning where Joshua will go next if he fails to defeat Ruiz for a second time, with the Mexican promising to help retire the challenger, but the Brit is determined that will not be the case.
AJ said during Sky’s face-to-face Gloves Are Off show: “It is weird because you get, ‘Ah, if you lose your next fight you should retire.’
“I say, ‘You didn’t tell me to get in the gym so who are you to tell me to get out of the gym?’
“I swear I’ll fight till I’m 50. I fight because I love the game.”
Hughie Fury has said he has fixed his problems in the ring and has vowed to fight for a world title again once he has dealt with Pavel Sour.
Fury is in action this Saturday in Monaco and is keen to put on a show following several lacklustre showings.
Since losing to Joseph Parker for the WBO title, Fury was beaten by Kubrat Pulev, stopped Sam Sexton, defeated an ageing Samuel Peter before losing to Alexander Povetkin.
“I’ve been in big fights but you will see a big difference on Saturday,” Fury said. “We have fixed a lot of problems. I’m looking forward to getting back in the mix.
“I’m not afraid to get in with anyone. It’s about learning, taking the positives from those fights, building and getting better. They were all good learning experiences.”
Dillian Whyte has vowed to bring plenty of pain when he faces Mariusz Wach on the undercard of the Ruiz Jr vs Joshua rematch on December 7.
Brixton’s ‘Body Snatcher’ beat Oscar Rivas to become WBC ‘interim’ champion and, as a result, mandatory challenger for the heavyweight world title on July 20, but has not fought since.
It will be a stern test for Whyte against the Polish veteran Wach (35-5, 19 KOs), who lost out by unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko and has been a sparring partner for Anthony Joshua in the past.
“He’s a very tough guy, very experienced. He’s game and knows what this opportunity means, beating me, so I’m expecting a tough, strong Mariusz Wach, but obviously this is my time now,” Whyte said.
“Crack another skull and get closer to fighting for a world title. This is very important, a good learning fight for me.
“He’s a very credible guy, he’s fought top contenders, so what more can I ask for?
“You know me, I come with maximum violence. I come to put work in. Nothing is different or has changed. I’m going to try and bring as much pain as I can.”
Former world heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, have given some advices to Anthony Joshua and questioned Andy Ruiz Jr. weight loss.
Mike Tyson says Anthony Joshua doesn’t need to be worried about facing off against Andy Ruiz Jr. if he has properly analysed what went wrong last time, while he questioned the Mexican’s weight loss. The two heavyweights go head-to-head once again in Saudi Arabia at the start of December with AJ looking to win back the WBA, IBF and WBO titles he lost after being stopped in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden. Both fighters have noticeably slimmed down since their previous meeting and Tyson isn’t sure that is wise, while he feels Joshua can have success in the rematch.
Asked what AJ needs to do in the rematch, Tyson told Parimatch: ‘Obviously he knows what happened, because I’m sure he’s watched the films. ‘Because if he’s intelligent like I believe he is, he watched the films over and over of the last encounter he had with Ruiz. And he’s worried, but he should be confident that he can be successful.’ On Ruiz’s transformation, he continued: ‘I just don’t think that makes any sense.
‘But everybody has their own thing, their vanity gets the best of them, they say “Hey, I wanna look good doing this stuff”, I don’t know. But I’m a believer that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. ‘The only thing Ruiz has to do is do what he did last fight. That’s all he has to live off of, from his memories, so to speak, from the last fight.’ Asked for his prediction, he added: ‘I don’t know because anything is possible. They’re both great human beings, I like both of them personally, but this is a fight and I just hope the best man wins.’ Joshua and Ruiz will face off in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on December 7 with the winner likely to push for a unification fight against whoever emerges victorious from Deontay Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury.
Anthony Joshua has revealed he’s drastically increased his sparring sessions ahead of his showdown with Andy Ruiz Jr. The former unified heavyweight champion will rematch ‘The Destroyer’ in Saudi Arabia a week on Saturday. Joshua’s second meeting with Mexico’s first heavyweight champion will see him bid to avenge the first loss of his professional career, which he suffered in his ill-fated American debut in June.
Ruiz Jr, a late replacement for the disgraced Jarrell Miller, turned the boxing world upside down by scoring a seventh-round TKO victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
Defeat at MSG saw Joshua lose his grip on the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles and scuppered his plans to unify the division this year.
Joshua has drafted in several short and stocky heavyweights in preparations for the biggest fight of his career, all of whom he claims ‘are bringing the heat’ like Ruiz Jr.
“Up the sparring, that’s the best way to prepare for a fight,” Joshua told Sky Sports when asked what he’s done differently in his latest training camp. “Up the sparring partners. They’ve been giving me hell.
We’ve been sparring for a long period of time and it gets you battle-hardened.
Anthony Joshua on his preparations for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr
“That’s the closest thing to a fight – we’ve been sparring for a long period of time and it gets you battle-hardened. I feel tough. Aches and pains, but for the right reasons. The punches get you battle-ready.
“Any sparring partner, big or small, is doing me a favour by throwing punches. It’s important to get punches thrown at you because it teaches you how to defend under pressure.
“What they’re there for is to replicate his style – a good fighter can fight in many styles. They are bringing the heat, and that’s what Ruiz Jr does.