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Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2: Anthony Joshua welcomes Oleksandr Usyk fight

Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2: Anthony Joshua welcomes Oleksandr Usyk fight Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2: Anthony Joshua welcomes Oleksandr Usyk fight
Noah Ferguson | 09 December, 2019, 13:37

"You have to get again to the drafting board and if he actually means what he says about coming again to the gymnasium and coaching laborious, then I imagine he is positively a title contender". I tried to do the training on my own.

Joshua remains eager for an undisputed world title fight with Deontay Wilder, but believes the American would have been hoping for a victory by Ruiz Jr, who is under the same promotional company as the WBC champion.

Hearn said the United Kingdom pay-per-view numbers for the Ruiz-Joshua rematch were "well over a million", which would break the United Kingdom record.

"The responsibilities of being world champion are hard", he added.

'I'm always going to have to prove myself, aren't I?

However, the IBF, WBA and WBO champion failed to prepare properly for their second bout, staged in Saudi Arabia, weighing in at 20 stone and three pounds for his first defence of the belts.

Meanwhile, Joshua would not be drawn on his future plans after regaining his world heavyweight titles from Ruiz on Saturday. He told the BBC on Sunday that he had an "issue with my health" before that fight that led to him putting his head in a bucket of ice because he felt "tired and drained".

"If the opportunity presents itself I will fight Wilder and Fury".

There is no rematch clause this time round and Joshua was tight-lipped about his plans.

"Hindsight is a great thing and we can see all of the things that we maybe speculated about". Ruiz Jr, a late replacement for the disgraced Jarrell Miller, dropped Joshua four times in his ill-fated American debut - which brought about the end of his reign as unified heavyweight champion.

A mandatory defense against Oleksandr Usyk or Kubrat Pulev appears likely to represent Joshua's next task, even though he said he "would love" to face Wilder.

"We'll have to speak to the governing bodies, see who goes first, and then deal with that".

Bunce also said Joshua could well "fight a guy like Pulev next" before possibly facing the victor of a bout between Usyk and Britain's Dereck Chisora in the summer and then a third fight in November or December.

"I realise that chasing that fight wasn't playing into my benefit". We're going to go to a third one, ' Ruiz said.

But the Mexican-Amercian didn't look like showing the same speed and punch volume that he displayed back at Maddison Square Gardens in Saudi Arabia. "Anthony Joshua did a hell of a job".

When asked why he did not train harder, Ruiz responded saying "There was a lot on my plate".

"But this is boxing". I don't want to give excuses, he won. I need to win for myself, show people that there is a sweet science to the sport as well.' It's not like a script, it's not wrestling, this is real life and it's risky. If I box for the crowd, or box for other people's opinions, I might not have been victorious.

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