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VIDEO: Anthony Joshua tells William Hill he will resurrect career in Ruiz Jr rematch

Leigh Copson 16 Aug 2019

Anthony Joshua has told bookmaker William Hill he is hungry to “resurrect” his career and become world heavyweight champion once again when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr in December.

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The boxing world was stunned in July when Joshua was knocked down four times and stopped by Ruiz Jr, who had stepped in at short notice when the British heavyweight’s original opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed a drug test.

The shock defeat left many digging deep into what had happened to cause such an upset, but Joshua has insisted there was nothing wrong with him or the camp building up to the fight and in an exclusive interview with bookmaker William Hill he has declared his ‘hunger’ to get back to the top of the mountain when he challenges Ruiz Jr later this year.

“I took my ‘L’ like a man and I’m going to show people the art of bouncing back,” he told Gareth A. Davies and David Alorka. “That is what this fight is to me. I’ve got to resurrect myself and my spirit and re-enlighten myself. I’m going for the second time to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

“If you want to win every battle, don’t step into the ring. If you want to have brilliant days every day, don’t go into challenges. Don’t set goals. But you have to set goals and challenges which is fine, but it’s all about getting over them. Some may be tougher than others but if you set the goals, be prepared to stumble every now and again.

“I had a little stumbling block recently and in 10 years, it will have more meaning but right now, I have purpose of my fight with Ruiz.”

William Hill is backing Joshua to avenge his sensational first career defeat, making him the odds-on favourite at 3/10 in the ‘Winner’ market, but the firm is not writing off the champion and has Ruiz Jr priced up as a live 5/2 underdog ahead of the rematch, which is scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7.


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VIDEO: Anthony Joshua tells William Hill he will resurrect career in Ruiz Jr rematch

Anthony Joshua has told bookmaker William Hill he is hungry to “resurrect” his career and become world heavyweight champion once again when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr in December.

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