Anthony Joshua’s team have after finding it difficult to replicate the Mexican before the very first battle sparring plans in place for the Andy Ruiz Jr rematch.
Britain celebrity has begun to prepare to his second world title battle against Ruiz Jr from Saudi Arabia on December 7, now live on Sky Sports Box Office, as Joshua attempts to avenge his jolt New York conquer in June.
Ruiz Jr stepped into a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed a drug test and promoter Eddie Hearn admits that the reversal of opponent wasn’t perfect for Joshua’s training camp, however, the Matchroom Boxing manager disclosed how early attempts have been made to organize suitable 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 pace like a middleweight.
“It is one thing becoming a sparring partner in, it’s getting them to let their hands head against Anthony Joshua. Would you want to do this? You have got to be mad to spar with himlet alone fight with him.
“We have gained more heavyweights than anybody. I do not really need them helping Andy Ruiz out. We’ve already identified likely half-a-dozen guys who we believe are the perfect mould.
“Among the issues last time was had six weeks to prepare. Ruiz was arriving off Alexander Dimitrenko, which was really a way.
“We tried to get the sparring at, we struggled a little bit, no excuses, but this time round the preparation has got to be put on. There is six, seven guys we’ve already understood and they create the trip and we can get the best preparation this time around.”
Ruiz and joshua Jr will be reunited again at Friday’s press conference in London and the challenger has cautioned that he fully plans to regain his belts.
“I dropped in the World Championship finals. Picture I ceased then, there will be no today,” said Joshua.
“Stopping is not in my DNA. I will keep fighting and fighting the passion of boxing. That is where I belong.
“I had been born with a battling spirit. I know how to fight.
“People say,’you lost your names’. I say,’to drop something is never to get it back’.
“I have another chance on December 7. I used ton’t have a warm-up fight, I’m not gun-shy.
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