- Joshua vs Ruiz 2: "AJ hasn't been hurt, hasn't been ill, or hasn't been injured...he's good to go," insists Hearn
Joshua vs Ruiz 2: "AJ hasn't been hurt, hasn't been ill, or hasn't been injured...he's good to go," insists Hearn
On Monday, December 2nd, 2019, FightSaga published an article, citing a rumor circulating through the boxing community which stated that Anthony Joshua had been "hurt significantly" in camp by an undisclosed sparring partner. Without giving credence to the rampant gossip, FS also cited actual testimony from reputable fighters who had been in camp with the former world champion who claimed the rumors were unsubstantiated.
Since that time, additional information has been revealed concerning the widespread gossip.
In a recent interview with "Behind the Gloves", promoter Eddie Hearn gave a resounding answer to the unfounded hearsay.
"It's not even worth answering, but the truth is he's had a great camp," insists the Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. "He's much more focused than last time and he's sparred really well. The difference in this camp is the sparring has been world-class. He has had top, top guys like Andrew Tabiti, Tyrone Spong, Bryant Jennings, Dereck Chisora...top sparring that has consistently put pressure on him."
"He hasn't been hurt, he hasn't been ill, he hasn't been injured...he's good to go."
The news should come as great relief to most fight fans who have been anticipating the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. and want to see both fighters compete at full strength this Saturday night.
While most fighters insist that no one is 100% healthy upon completion of a proper training camp, both competing big-men are reportedly healthy and ready to give everything they have to win the coveted Heavyweight championship of the world.
Former WBC Super Featherweight titlist Jesse James Leija once stated, "I always felt like I got paid to train because that's the grueling part of the sport. Fight night is the fun part. That's where the party begins. The bright lights, the cameras, and the fans are great. Seeing your name on the marquee in front of the arena or casino...that's where the fun is."
"But heading into a fight, I was never without something bothering me or some kind of minor injury. That's when I knew I trained properly. That's when I knew I was ready for fight night and that I had prepared 100% for my opponent. If I didn't have something bothering me heading into a fight, I would think that something was terribly wrong, like I didn't train hard enough."
According to Hearn, there will be no excuses should Anthony Joshua come up short in Saudi Arabia.
"If he loses, I'd like to have an excuse, but no...all pressure on Saturday to perform."
Joshua vs. Ruiz 2 is slated to take place inside the newly erected Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, which seats 14K spectators, at a projected start time of 3 PM ET/12 PM PT.
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