Anthony Joshua is just over three weeks away from attempting to prize back the world heavyweight titles he lost to Andy Ruiz on June 1 in New York.
This time, AJ will seek retribution in Saudi Arabia on December 7 with the WBO, WBA (super), IBF and IBO heavyweight titles on the line in a money-spinning rematch.
It was only Joshua’s first loss of his career, but the Watford-born fighter has gone away with his team and regrouped before stepping back in the ring with the first-ever Mexican-American heavyweight champ.
David Haye recently spoke to Sky Sports and revealed his client Dereck Chisora recently had an impromptu sparring session with AJ and his fighter was very impressed.
“Derek was impressed,” Haye said. “AJ was super-fit, in great shape, focused on his boxing.
“All the right noises were coming out of the camp. There were multiple sparring partners including Bryant Jennings.
“AJ has slimmed down – if you’re going to have a long-range boxing match then trim off any unnecessary muscle.”
If AJ is to succeed at sticking and moving, he’ll need to be fitter so this makes the world of sense. The fact that Ruiz Jr is set to be significantly lighter also adds to the intrigue.
Ruiz Jr has been working on his weight in a bid to aid his footwork according to his nutritionist, but it certainly seems like Joshua has a plan for his foe regardless.