Anthony Joshua vows to beat Andy Ruiz Jr in rematch

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Anthony Joshua insists he is in a great place and determined to win back his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles. the pair will meet for the second time on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

The 30-year-old Brit lost three of his four heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Jr in one of the biggest boxing upsets in history. As the greatly anticipated bout draws closer, Joshua has vowed to beat Ruiz Jnr and insists he has “not become a p***y overnight” in retaliation to those who are doubting him.

We haven’t done anything differently mentally, I am a champion. I walked into a boxing gym and three years later I was Olympic champion. I have had one loss but I am not about to become a p***y overnight and not be able to fight. I can fight, that is it, I don’t need to reflect on that, I just need to win.

One defeat doesn’t strip your skin off. And when you’ve put down the solid foundations the way I have since I started boxing, one chip in a brick doesn’t bring down the entire building.”

After the defeat, Joshua quickly returned to training to work on aspects of what may have gone wrong in the fight, rather than waiting for his 12-week training camp to iron out any issues. He focused heavily on sparring and refining his boxing skills.

I feel like sparring has added a different element of preparation for this fight. Last time let’s say I didn’t invest in the sparring I need. This time around we have really invested in the right sparring partners, championship sparring partners. That’s the kind of thing that gets your muscle memory firing.

Eddie Hearn said this of Joshua:

What you are seeing now is the result of a rebuilding process. AJ has dedicated himself more than anything he has ever done to getting victory in Saudi Arabia. The truth is, if AJ is the best heavyweight in the world, he should be beating Andy Ruiz. But now you have all the demons coming to play, the whole world watching and this is high-level, high-pressure stuff.”

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17:52

Tampa Bay Downs

Lem Me Tel Ya To Win

He has won four times from 6f to 7f. A winner at 14-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f on his latest outing last month, beating Resident. Expect another bold showing.

18:48

Tampa Bay Downs

Kalu To Win

Successful twice at 6f. Won on his latest outing when 11-10fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 6f last month, beating Minnesota Lucky. Another bold bid from the front beckons as he drops in class.

19:19

Tampa Bay Downs

Majestic Melody To Win

Won on his latest outing when 2-5fav at Tampa Bay Downs over 7f in February last year, beating Alfred The Great. The absence has to be a worry, but his stable is in form.

19:50

Tampa Bay Downs

Classy Of Course To Win

Successful twice at 1m on good ground. A winner at 5-1 at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Don’t Fight by 3 1/2l. Expected to give another good account from on or near the pace.

20:20

Tampa Bay Downs

Speeding Starlet To Win

Winner of five races at 1m. Third of 7 behind Scarlet Bow beaten at 2-1 on her latest outing at Tampa Bay Downs over 1m in February. Having her first run for a new stable today, previously with Gerald Bennett. Goes well at this venue and a bold bid seems assured.

20:51

Tampa Bay Downs

Jais’s Solitude To Win

He has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on good ground. Beaten 6l behind March To The Arch at 8-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Gulfstream over 1m (good) in January. Drops significantly in grade and it will be disappointing if he fails to make his presence felt.

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