Anthony Joshua has promised to be more ‘switched on’ for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
The heavyweight is renowned for his calm on fight night, but faced criticism for his demeanor during his ring-walk at Madison Square Garden before his loss to Ruiz Jr. Joshua has now conceded his attitude was off and revealed he plans to alter his approach.
‘I need to start taking this approach to my fights where I’m a bit more lively,’ he said on Eddie Hearn’s BBC podcast about his entrance. ‘I know I’m capable of it,’ he added. ‘There is too much at stake. If I go in there where I’m switched on, a time like the Ruiz fight where I am so relaxed, that might be the difference.’
Joshua’s defeat to Ruiz Jr shocked the boxing world as one of the sport’s greatest ever upsets and the rivals go toe-to-toe again in December. Ruiz Jr has vowed to establish himself as a world champion, while Joshua admitted he needed time to get over his first loss as a pro.
‘I think I had to grieve and ask myself all the questions you would expect,’ he explained.
‘People say “you lost”, I call it a blip. I can’t wait to get in there and fight him. Every time I have fought a champion I have risen to the occasion.’
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