Ruiz defeat made me a wiser fighter, says Joshua

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FILE PHOTO: Boxing – Andy Ruiz Jr & Anthony Joshua Press Convention – Hilton London Syon Park, London, Britain – September 6, 2019 Anthony Joshua and coach Rob McCracken in the course of the press convention Motion Photos by way of Information/Peter Cziborra

(Information) – Briton Anthony Joshua has stated his first profession defeat by the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. was right down to a scarcity of expertise and he has change into a “smarter” fighter forward of December’s rematch.

Mexican-American Ruiz produced one among boxing’s greatest upsets when he dethroned the beforehand undefeated world heavyweight champion with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard in June.

“It wasn’t burnout. The problems I confronted within the final camp, it’s simply right down to lack of expertise,” he instructed BBC. “Although it was at a excessive stage, we have been nonetheless discovering expertise.

“Andy Ruiz is sweet however I don’t assume he ought to beat me twice. I used to listen to guys say you need to take a loss and I might assume ‘why?’”

“Now I can perceive it and know what it takes. I’ve extra understanding now and my ears are open to new info in order that’s making me smarter as a fighter. Anybody might be hungrier, I’m smarter.”

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch — dubbed the ‘Conflict on the Dunes’ — will happen in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7 after former Olympic champion Joshua triggered a rematch clause.

“The blessing is I’ve a second likelihood and right here we’re,” the 30-year-old added.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford