Joshua’s Back Against The Wall

Six months ago, Eddie Hearn stood in a tuxedo in the bowels of Madison Square Garden dealing with the fact that Anthony Joshua was no longer heavyweight champion of the world.

Now, on December 7th, Joshua will get his chance to regain his titles against Andy Ruiz Jr inside a specially built arena in Saudi Arabia, in a deal curated by Hearn.

“He wants this bad. His back is against the wall,” Hearn told Sky Sports of his fighter’s battle for redemption. “He has prepared better than he’s ever prepared because he’s fighting a guy who beat him, and knocked him down four times at Madison Square Garden in front of the world. He wants to claim back what is rightfully his.”

“There is no warm-up fight, no getting back into the swing of things. He said: ‘I want this fight now’. It is very dangerous, fighting a confident guy who will think: ‘I must get into range and let my hands go against Anthony’.

“Anthony has to be disciplined but also hurt Ruiz J,” Hearn said of his fighter’s strategy. “This is one of the biggest heavyweight fights of all year, the biggest fight of the year and the decade. The biggest heavyweight fight of the century. I’m nervous and excited but pumped after seeing AJ because he is pumped. I haven’t seen him like this for a long time. He is ready, he is hungry. I see that bad kid again, and I love it.”


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