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Anthony Joshua Revealed Who The Hardest Puncher He's Ever Faced Is

Anthony Joshua Revealed Who The Hardest Puncher He's Ever Faced Is

Anthony Joshua has named the hardest puncher he's ever faced and it's not Andy Ruiz Jr who stunningly stopped him last year.

Ruiz Jr floored Joshua several times before dethroning him of the unified heavyweight world titles. He landed some devastating blows as he produced one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

But 'AJ' insists Ruiz Jr isn't the hardest puncher he's faced in the ring.

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Joshua, who went onto exact revenge over the Mexican-American, has revealed that Wladimir Klitschko hit him harder during their 2017 Wembley Stadium showdown.

"Who's hit me the hardest? Yeah, Klitschko," he said during a JD Sports Instagram live.

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"I was gonna say Ruiz, but when he hit me that was like a concussion on the back of my head.

"When I went in with Klitschko, yeah, I just knew this could go two ways.

"I could either win or I'm gonna be laid out on my back. You know when you get carried out on a stretcher?"

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Joshua eventually stopped Klitschko after hitting the canvas to retain his IBF title and claim the vacant WBA belt.

"It was the 15 that came after that as well," he added. "This guy's a beast, he's a beast."

Joshua last fought in December 2019 when he outpointed Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia to reclaim the heavyweight world titles and he was scheduled to face Kubrat Pulev in June until the coronavirus outbreak postponed his bout.

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AJ's next fight will be against Kubrat Pulev, and would have already faced him, but it's been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He is then expected to face fellow British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury sometimes next year, as long as both men win their upcoming fights.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Kubrat Pulev, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko, British boxing

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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