Anthony Joshua’s team has already identified ideal sparring partners ahead of Andy Ruiz Jr rematchadmin
Anthony Joshua’s team have sparring strategies in place after finding it tough to replicate the Mexican before the first battle.
As Joshua attempts to avenge his jolt New York defeat in June britain’s heavyweight star has begun to prepare to his world title fight against Ruiz Jr from Saudi Arabia on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Ruiz Jr stepped in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed a drug test and promoter Eddie Hearn admits the change of opponent wasn’t great for Joshua’s training camp, however, the Matchroom Boxing boss disclosed how early efforts have now been forced to arrange appropriate sparring partners.
“It’s so tough to replicate the style of Andy Ruiz,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “The man is 6’1”, he is 19st, and he’s got speed like a middleweight.
“It’s 1 thing becoming a sparring partner in, it’s getting them to let their hands go against Anthony Joshua. Would you need to do this? You have got to be mad to even spar with him fight him.
“We’ve gained more heavyweights than anybody. I do not really want them helping out Andy Ruiz. We’ve already identified likely men who we think are the perfect mould.
“Among the issues last time was we had six weeks to prepare. Ruiz was coming Alexander Dimitrenko, which was really a great style from.
“We tried to find the sparring in, we struggled a little bit, no explanations, but this time round the groundwork has got to be spot on. There’s six, seven men we have already recognized and they make the trip and we can find the absolute best prep this time around.”
Ruiz and joshua Jr is going to be reunited at Friday’s press conference in London and the challenger has warned that he fully intends to regain his belts.
“I lost in the World Championship finals. Envision I ceased then, there could be no today,” said Joshua.
“Stopping is not in my DNA. As long as I have breath, I will keep fighting for boxing’s enthusiasm and fighting. That’s where I belong.
“I was born with a battling spirit. I know how to combat.
“People say,’you lost your names’. I say,’to get rid of something is not to get it back’.
“I have another chance on December 7. I didn’t have a warm-up struggle, I’m not gun-shy.
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