Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz: British fighter made ‘drastic changes’ after June loss

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Britain’s Anthony Joshua says he’s made”extreme” lifestyle modifications since his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz in June.
Joshua lost his WBO, WBA and IBF titles because he had been knocked down four times prior to a seventh-round stoppage at New York – one of the biggest upsets of boxing.
The set will fight again in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December.
“Boxing was constantly the easiest part for me. The struggle was always keeping my entire life in check,” Joshua, 29, told AFP.
“There will not be any aftershock following the first fight. I will be brighter. Getting bogged down was good.
“I have made some radical changes, lifestyle stuff. Family, groups, what’s important, priorities. The effort it takes to remain on the straight and narrow will be hard.”
The group faced off on Thursday with Ruiz – that fights under a Mexican flag – wearing a sombrero through the news conference.
Joshua pledged to regain his titles and insisted”stopping is not within my DNA”.
“As long as I have breath in me, I keep on fighting the fire of boxing,” said Joshua.
“I faced overcome as an amateur in my next fight. There will be now if I had stopped. I lost in the. If I stopped then, there would be no now.
“Everyone in this area has been through specific things where no-one thought in them.
“I am not so gun shy and I am excited about getting back in there and hammering my belts.”
The bout has attracted criticism as it was declared it would maintain Saudi Arabia.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International has highlighted the country’s”abysmal” human rights record. Restrictions on women’s rights and freedom of expression have been raised, as has the use of the death penalty for offences.
The Kingdom has sought to improve by staging entertainment and sporting events in an attempt to attract traffic and move away from the oil-dependent market, the way that it’s perceived.
Joshua said:”I have heard it [criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record] since the battle was declared. It is a good thing that we are talking about it although it’s a point of conversation and they’re acting to make a shift.
“They’re making good changes and following these types of conversations, I begin denying that yes, there’s an issue there. My trips to the Middle East have been around Dubai and I’ve had fun. The reception was good.”
Talking to DAZN, promoter Eddie Hearn said:”We cannot ignore the capacity for boxing in the Middle East. I believe that is a changing of a protector in many respects. Every promoter in boxing tried for to Saudi Arabia for a event.
“Not only Saudi but Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar would be bidding to get battles in future. You embrace the change or twist your back on it and become an idiot.”
Following the defeat in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Joshua said before the offer to deliver the fight has been confirmed, he favoured a return.
“It was part of the plan [to fight in New York back ]. That was my favorite choice,” Joshua said.
His shock defeat in June – the first of the Briton’s career – headed to some calls for Joshua to part company with Robert McCracken, who’s trained him since his teenage years.
“This was a fairly challenging night,” McCracken said. “I really don’t think Anthony was himself that night but that resembles an excuse since Ruiz was great on the evening. We know he’ll be prepared.
“I took flack for the reduction, I don’t have any problem with this as the head trainer. I would not have stated if I did not think his titles could be got by Anthony back, do the rematch. Anthony’s sole mission is back the straps.”
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