Anthony Joshua is still mentally suffering from defeat – Andy Ruiz
Andy Ruiz has stated that Anthony Joshua is still mentally suffering from their last bout in which he got knocked out and lost his belt.
The bout which took place in June saw Andy Ruiz claim the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world titles.
The Mexican knocked out Anthony Joshua four times before the match was stopped in the 7th round.
Both heavyweight boxers will face-off again when they meet in Saudi Arabia this December, a bout that has been dubbed Clash of the Dunes.
“I was telling him that, ‘I know he’s going to be ready. I know he’s hungry, and I was telling him that I’m hungry too. It’s going to be a hell of a fight,’ Andy Ruiz said in New York on Thursday.
“Right now, to this day, I feel he’s still a little wrong in the head. He’s like, ‘what the hell is happening?’
“I feel Eddie Hearn is pressuring him to do things that he doesn’t want to do.
“But you know what? This is part of the game. He has a second chance,” said Ruiz.
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He added: “I never look for a knockout. If the knockout comes, it comes. The main thing I do is work on doing the things that we do in the gym.
“I feel when you go and look for the knockout, it doesn’t come when you want it. We’re going to be training hard.
“We’re focused. I’m focused, and I don’t want to give these belts back to him.
“A lot of people are saying I’m not taking it serious just because I bought my family a nice house. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life.