This is the calm before the storm, even an chance to size up the job that awaits. Time Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr see each other they will every step forward several inches, hear each other’s heartbeats and feel each other’s breath.
It will be time.
Have there been clues about how the world heavyweight championship rematch will perform out before week dash from Saudi Arabia into New York to London, or merely red herrings?
Both men have cut different figures to the week when Ruiz Jr caused an almighty jolt. Ruiz Jr, thankful for an opportunity and then a challenger plucked from nowhere, has slipped into the life. His reappearance has witnessed economy airlines sufficed him dress to impress with private jets ferrying him and ice to his wrists. A Rolls-Royce begs for him back home.
This time it can’t conceal because many secrets although the grin that appeared at Joshua season is on the face of Ruiz Jr.
“People are saying that I’m not focused because I purchased a small bit of jewelry, the material stuff that I always wanted,” Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports at New York.
“I am still hungry, so I still want to prove people wrong.”
WBA former IBF and WBO champion Joshua was as dignified as you expect him to be considering he traveled the world together using the only person to conquer him.
After his own sat the championship belts that were precariously close for 3 times in a row to Joshua and, on Friday in London, he could not withstand grabbing them.
Joshua told Sky Sports:”People say,’you lost your names’. I say’to get rid of something is to never return’.”
He has embraced the role of the hunter rather than the hunted for the first time since he conquered Charles Martin to become world champion and challenged.
“it is a excellent mindset to have and you can’t drop that,” Joshua said. “The moment you lose it, then you’ve got to breathe. You have got to be famished.
“I had a blip. We go again. I am not shy. No anxiety.”
He is saying the correct things , to be fair, has performed since refusing to make excuses in the immediate aftermath to losing to Ruiz Jr..
It is odd to see Joshua at a tracksuit while their Gucci trainers are shown off by a competition , literally purchased with the proceeds of knocking him out.
But it is fascinating to speculate how he will haul himself off the floor, as he did against Wladimir Klitschko and four times to input a quick twist rematch.
“Shannon Briggs talks about the days he was out and down, and no one believed .
“That is where’let’s move champ’ comes in my own life at this time,” he explained.
Ruiz Jr kidded us with the nice-guy behave in New York City a happy-go-lucky try-harder who asked to touch the championship straps. Joshua has confessed his regret allowed him.
In that sense perhaps this social media tour may reward Joshua, who spent no time in the presence of his challenger ahead of the very first fight. This time he will examine his eccentricities, his quirks and Ruiz Jr’s body language. Once fooled shy.
“Ruiz Jr is composed but he could fight. He’s not a fictitious character who places on a character,” Joshua said after three days in his business.
“Sometimes the ones who are chilled and calm may bark back, and will definitely combat ”
This week proved to be a stark reminder of fortunes. Andy Ruiz Senior has been an unforeseen star, a guy who called his ‘the Mexican Rocky’.
The strength will build and Joshua in his position since the challenger will emerge, as the months and weeks go on.