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It Appears Anthony Joshua Has Found His Sparring Partner Ahead Of Andy Ruiz Jr Fight

It Appears Anthony Joshua Has Found His Sparring Partner Ahead Of Andy Ruiz Jr Fight

It appears Anthony Joshua is sparring undefeated American heavyweight Timothy Moten as he attempts to replicate Andy Ruiz Jr for the rematch on December 7.

Moten has been training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, where the former WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion is based.

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In fact, he has been in camp for a number of weeks, according to The Daily Mail.

Image: Timothy Moten/Instagram
Image: Timothy Moten/Instagram

The 27-year-old, who has won all five of his professional bouts, is slightly smaller than Ruiz Jr but retains a similar stature.

Moten has posted several Instagram clips of himself on the pads with coach Angel Fernarndez, who has reportedly been 'drafted in' to work with Joshua.

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The above footage has emerged just days after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Joshua is sparring "chubby" fighters ahead of the bout.

"Last time we had probably three weeks of sparring, and it was tough to find a guy like Ruiz, because there aren't many like him." Hearn said.

"Small, a little bit chubby, fast hands, and really good on the inside.

"Now we've replicated that, and I feel like the preparation is going to be great. Andy Ruiz is in camp."

Ruiz hit Joshua in the first fight. Image: PA Images
Ruiz hit Joshua in the first fight. Image: PA Images

Andy Ruiz Jr looks in great shape ahead of his rematch on December 7th and appears to have lost weight since their first bout

The 30-year-old, who provided one of the biggest shocks in boxing history when he defeated AJ in June, is ready to do it all over again in Saudi Arabia.

In fact, Ruiz Jr has recently claimed he is "lighter, faster and more powerful" than ever before as they prepare to go head-to-head.

And he certainly looks to have lost plenty of weight in recent pictures and footage.

Image: Andy Ruiz Jr/Instagram
Image: Andy Ruiz Jr/Instagram

Ruiz is adamant that he will silence the doubters once again come December.

"I have a lot of respect for Anthony, outside the ring he is a very good man', Ruiz told ESPN Deportes.

"But inside [the ring] there are no friends, there is no respect or anything. It will not be an easy fight. I think it will be a hard fight, but nothing is easy in life, so we are training very hard. We will be prepared for whatever he brings.

"I will arrive in better condition. Lighter, faster and more powerful. They will believe that in December they will win.

"People will always talk like this, but I have faith that we're going to win and shut up more mouths."

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

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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