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Anthony Joshua Has 'Floored Several Sparring Partners' Ahead Of Andy Ruiz Jr Rematch

Anthony Joshua Has 'Floored Several Sparring Partners' Ahead Of Andy Ruiz Jr Rematch

Anthony Joshua has 'floored several sparring partners' in his training camp ahead of his highly anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday.

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'AJ' has drafted in plenty of boxers from around the world to mimic his opponent's style and one of his chief sparring partners Timothy Moten has revealed that the Brit has been in destructive form in preparation for Ruiz Jr.

Moten has claimed he's seen heavyweights get "blown away" and "get sent home" by Joshua.

"There have been guys here, I don't want to say any names, but I've seen guys come into camp, get blown away and get sent home that same week," he told Sportsmail.

"He's dropped a few of his sparring partners and he's rocked a lot. Joshua is by far the hardest hitter I've been in the ring with."

Image: Timothy Moten/Facebook
Image: Timothy Moten/Facebook
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Moten has done over 60 intense rounds with Joshua in the build-up to his Saudi Arabia clash and the 27-year-old American believes the former heavyweight king is mentally ready.

"Almost every session I ask him how he's doing, what he thinking," Moten added. "He says to me, 'Ready, ready'. Mentally he is in a good place. I can see that in his eyes. He's got a focus I've not seen.

"He's got that warrior's spirit. His mentality is to destroy. He is like a focused, caged lion and when the time is right, he will unleash."

Image: Timothy Moten/Facebook
Image: Timothy Moten/Facebook

Moten continued by saying Joshua is learning to keep his composure with grueling spars.

"There's always a point in every Andy Ruiz fight where he reverts to that Mexican background and he is ready to bang, we saw that with Anthony Joshua in the first fight," he explained.

"When Joshua floored him, he was hurt and that Mexican style came out. Joshua has been sparring a Mexican heavyweight, Elvis Garcia, who is exactly the same.

"One time Garcia was hit with a big shot by Joshua in sparring and we all thought: 'Wooh, is he out' but then he came firing back at him, so Joshua is learning to keep his composure, move his head, keep his guard up high even if he lands hurtful shots.

"And then on top of that he has other guys here to work with his speed and general sparring. He's got a bunch of guys here that are just perfect, we all just work perfect when we are in there with him because everybody is pushing him and we are getting the best out of him and you'll see the results on fight night."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Joshua has the chance to reclaim the heavyweight world titles when he meets Ruiz Jr on Saturday.

Will he become a two-time heavyweight world champion? Let us know what you think.

Topics: Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Heavyweight, Fight News

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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