Andy Ruiz Jr And Anthony Joshua Come Face-To-Face In Intense Staredown In Saudi Arabia
Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua have come face-to-face for the very first time since their epic heavyweight clash in June.
Ahead of the anticipated rematch in December, both fighters have squared off in the first leg of the press tour in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
It's a stark contrast from the face-off during the lead up to their first fight. Joshua let Ruiz Jr hold his worlds titles, but the pair cut an intense and serious figure this time around.
Speaking in the press conference, the challenger Joshua said: "I was up against a good challenger. Andy is champion now,.
"That will last until December 7 when he puts his titles in the air. Two warriors to go war and the best man will walk out victorious.
"Being a champion is more than the belts. It's about a championship mindset. The belts will go up in the air and we will fight for them again."
The unified champion Ruiz Jr said: "December 7, I know Anthony Joshua is coming hard, he's coming strong. He's preparing hard, but so am I.
"There's a lot of responsibilities. I'm going to try my best. I'm going to keep those belts and I'm going to have them back in Mexico. 'I'm going to win here in the same fashion that I won on June 1
"The hunger still remains. I don't want 15 minutes of fame. I want it to last. 'Two big heavyweights punching each other in the face, it's going to be exciting."
Off to Saudi Arabia:flag_sa: with the best coach on the planet Manny Robles Vamos a Arabia Saudita con el major entrenador Manny Robles pic.twitter.com/yJtqSHHTaP
- AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) September 3, 2019
I'm blessed. I'm humbled. I'm in KSA :flag_sa: pic.twitter.com/7S804Uk0Sm
- Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) September 4, 2019
The Ruiz Jr vs. Joshua world media tour resumes on Thursday in New York before concluding on Friday in London and, of course, they renew hostilities on December 7.
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