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Anthony Joshua Is Adamant That He Will Exploit Andy Ruiz Jr's ‘Weaknesses’

Anthony Joshua Is Adamant That He Will Exploit Andy Ruiz Jr's ‘Weaknesses’

Anthony Joshua reckons that he has identified "weaknesses" in Andy Ruiz Jr and is ready to exploit them in their blockbuster rematch in December.

The superstar Brit, 29, suffered his first professional defeat in June when he was dropped four times by Ruiz and ultimately stripped of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

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But 'AJ' is adamant that he has spotted a chink in the armour of the 29-year-old Mexican-American ahead of their hotly anticipated rematch.

Joshua told Sky Sports during a press conference in Saudi Arabia: "A little blip should not change you as a person.

"You should stay consistent with who you are.

"I can become familiar with him. I know what I'm in for. I know what I'm capable of. I know what he's capable of.

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"I know some of the attributes he possesses, and some of the weaknesses. I have to go about exposing him a little bit more.

"The first time I had him down [in the first fight], I could have been smarter. These little things you think about in your head.

"Now I meet him eye to eye again and, subconsciously, the clock is ticking and I start thinking more and more about the fight."

Joshua and Ruiz went face to face for the first time at the press conference since their inital clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The press conference in Saudi Arabia, which is where the rematch will be held, is the first of three media briefings planned.

Both heavyweight stars will be at press conferences in New York on Thursday and London on Friday.

Ruiz, who has vowed that he will end Joshua's career in the rematch, said that he is fully prepared to defy his critics again and beat the Brit one more time.

"He'll bring his game, I'll bring mine," the unified heavyweight champ said.

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"I said I would win, I said I would pull off an upset, but nobody believed me except my team.

"Having that confidence and fire inside you? If you want to accomplish something, you're going to do it.

"Joshua is focused to get these belts back, but so am I. The Mexican blood in me will [help me to] pull it off.

"I respect Joshua. He is a good friend, although he probably doesn't like me now! But inside the ring there will be no respect, there will be no friends.

"I am always the nice guy, but inside the ring I [flick] the switch and I become 'The Destroyer.'"

Joshua and Ruiz will clash on 7th December in Diriyah for the heavyweight titles.

Will Joshua beat Ruiz in the rematch?

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Topics: Boxing, Saudi Arabia, Destroyer, AJ, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Sky Sports, New York City, London

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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