Ruiz Jr vs Joshua II: ‘There will be an edge’ from Anthony Joshua at hat-trick of press conferences, says Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua”has got that spite back”, according to his own promoter Eddie Hearn, who expects three fiery meetings with Andy Ruiz Jr this past week.
Prior to a December 7 rematch live on Sky Sports Box Office, joshua will visit Ruiz Jr for the very first time since losing to him in Saudi Arabia now.
The research rivals will at London on Friday and in New York on Thursday before ramping preparation up to contest both the WBA, IBF and WBO titles .
“He is looking into the eyes of a guy who has defeated himand it’ll be interesting how he responds,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think AJ likes him, he doesn’t enjoy the comments that were made. It’s likely to be lively.
“There’ll be respect because they had a great struggle, but there will be an advantage.
“AJ has that spite back. I have seen it. I like visiting this – it has to be manipulated aggression and commanded spite. You’re going into knock out somebody and that’s what AJ would like to perform.”
Joshua had previously told AJ: The Untold Truth About his frustrations that an undercover heavyweight championship fight against Deontay Wilder did not materialise.
He said:”I have taken around the entire planet from my 16th fight, I’ve always done that. Then I’m fighting Ruiz Jr?”
Hearn insists Joshua has rediscovered his drive:”He didn’t have some emotion, and he made it obvious. He wasn’t up for fighting Ruiz Jr..
“It was nothing from Ruiz Jrthat he simply did not have some emotion. And he can.”
Joshua also led to a furore by calling Lennox Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion, a”clown”.
Hearn said:”It’s been bubbling for a while. It is not that he does not admire Lennox as a fighter. He does but he does not respect him. People did not pick this up.
“‘How do you say about Lennox?” Of course you can, it does not matter what he is achieved. AJ thinks he’s a clown. AJ can not win, occasionally he gets stick to be silent and now he’s speaking his head.”
Follow Sky Sports platforms for complete coverage of this Saudi Arabia media conference on Wednesday.
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