Here is a round-up of the latest boxing news…
Same fight same result
Deontay Wilder is adamant Anthony Joshua will lose to Andy Ruiz Jr once again when the Brit faces the man who ruined his American dream.
The WBC champion believes the Saudi Arabia rematch will produce an equally emphatic result in favour of the Mexican, citing the decision to instantly face Ruiz as a sign of desperation.
Asked if Ruiz will win again, Wilder told reporters: “I think so. I think they’re rushing Joshua out again. I really don’t think he understands what happened.
Back in love
David Price has said his victory over fellow Brit Dave Allen has made him ‘enjoy’ boxing again.
Price beat Allen by a corner retirement before the start of the eleventh round at the O2 back in July and returns to action in Liverpool on November 23.
“I’m enjoying the sport again,” he said. “The Dave Allen fight was the first fight in a few years where it actually felt like I won. In some of the other fights I won I was hard on myself, but I knew that one was a good performance.
“In the past I’d never used proving people wrong as motivation, but that felt good. I’ll use it again in the future, so I want people to keep doubting me. If I can play my card rights and continue to perform, I can go further and it all adds to the story.
“I’ve had some ups and downs and had some interesting things happen to me, so I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to fight again on a big show. It’s onwards and upwards, and I’ll build on my last fight.
“It’s only now that my confidence is up that I truly recognise it was down. Everything is flowing great and feeling easier, and I’m getting in the ring believing of doing a job.”
Tokyo in sight
Andy Ruiz Jr has confirmed he is considering competing in the 2020 Olympics after being officially invited by the Mexican President.
Ruiz battered Joshua in New York and will put the WBA, IBF and WBO world title belts on the line once again in the Middle East.
But potential unification fights may well have to be put on hold after the 30-year-old was invited to take part in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer.
Although previous years have seen only amateurs compete at the Games, the rules on Olympic eligibility were relaxed ahead of the 2016 edition with professionals allowed to fight for the first time.