Anthony Joshua Claims He Wants People To 'Bow Down To Him' After He Beats Andy Ruiz Jr
Anthony Joshua is clearly in a bullish mood ahead of his fight with Andy Ruiz Jr and wants everyone to 'bow down to him' once he beats the 'best man in the world.'
Next month AJ will be hoping to avenge the first defeat of his career when he faces Ruiz Jr for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles he lost to the Mexican in June.
There's been questions about Joshua's mentality and ability in the build up to the fight and it seems that he's in a real fighting mood and wants recognition once he gets the result he believes will be his, "I'm fighting the best man in the world now. I'm going to whup him, and show how great I am," he told Sky Sports.
"They think he's so great, so when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.
"I couldn't beat Ruiz Jr before and get the credit I deserved.
"You saw me in the ring [before the fight] - I wasn't fighting King Kong, was I? [I didn't have] that mindset.
"Apparently I'm fighting the quickest hands and the best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me."
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Clearly the 2012 Olympic champion isn't happy with the lack of plaudits he got before the loss or the plaudits that Ruiz has been getting for his win.
Joshua doesn't believe that he needs to be humble when it comes to the fight and believes he is better prepared to win, adding, "Take competition away from being humble. Being humble is about me respecting you as a person, or respecting a lady on a bus by standing up and giving her my seat. That's humble.
"When you talk about competition, people understand and respect that you have to carry a sense of fire in your belly. It's not arrogance, it's confidence.
"I'm confident that I know what I need to do now, and I've prepared to the best of my capability to go out and perform. Performance leads to the win."
The pair fight again on December 7th in Saudi Arabia and it'll be very interesting to see how the loss in affected the previously undefeated former champion.
Both men will have one eye on events in America on Saturday night as Deontay Wilder defends his title against Luis Ortiz, in another rematch, before Wilder's other rematch against Tyson Fury in February, should he beat Ortiz first.
Will AJ regain his titles?