Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz in a highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.
Anthony Joshua has revealed details of a phone call with Wladimir Klitschko as the Brit prepares to take on Andy Ruiz. Joshua faces Ruiz in a rematch on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia after the Mexican inflicted AJ’s first professional defeat in New York in June.
Ruiz put Joshua down four times in the fight before the referee waved it off in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden.
It was Joshua’s first defeat with the Brit having previously beaten the likes of Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin in his career.
His win over Klitschko back in 2017 at Wembley was a thrilling fight and the Ukrainian has now given his former opponent some advice ahead of Saturday’s fight.
“When I fought him, he called me a CrossFit champion,” Joshua said.
“I thought, ‘You know who is this geezer talking to?’
“He just said that because he knew when it came to boxing, then he was more conditioned because he spent more time in the ring.
“So we (Joshua and his training team) just spent a lot of time in the ring this time, getting comfortable on the different canvases, getting comfortable in the ring, getting comfortable moving to my left, getting comfortable moving to my right and understanding ring generalship, understanding the science of boxing.
“Klitschko also told me to stay off my phone this week, don’t listen to too much outside influences because your own beliefs is what’s important this week.
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“Not what someone is trying to tell you from the outside.”
Joshua, 30, is relishing the opportunity to avenge his defeat to Ruiz and bounce back after his sole defeat.
He said: “When I win, I will be like, ‘F**k everybody’.
“This is fighting. One loss doesn’t take the spots off a cheetah. I came into boxing to fight, I didn’t come to be a journeyman.
“I’ve been champion, I’ve been Olympic champion, I’ve been world silver medallist.
“You can’t ask me about how I feel after a loss, you have to hold some regard to what we’re doing in this boxing industry, that’s probably where I’m coming from.
“And that’s where I listen now to what people say and it’s like, ‘Put some respect by our name’.
“We don’t play games when it comes to boxing, we’re serious and I now after I took the loss and I’ve had time to reflect, it’s like, ‘f***ing hell, I took this sh*t seriously.’”