Anthony Joshua won’t retire from boxing if he loses his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. on December 7, according to Adam Smith of Sky Sports. He says Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) personally told him that he would continue with his career for another 5 to 10 years even if he gets beaten by Ruiz Jr. (33-1, 22 KOs) in their rematch in Diriyah Arena, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, reports boxingnews.com.
Smith believes that Joshua, 29, will need to drop down a level to fight slightly less talented heavyweights if he gets beaten again by IBF/WBA/WBO champion Ruiz. Adam says Joshua may need to fight these type of heavyweights to keep his career going: Dereck Chisora, Joe Joyce, Manuel Charr, Kubrat Pulev, Daniel Dubois, Martin Balole and Dillian Whyte.
Those are guys that Joshua likely would be fighting even if he does beat Ruiz in the rematch.
“I’m sure he’s preparing more diligently than ever,” said Adam Smith to IFL TV about Andy Ruiz Jr.
“He’s had a longer camp, and he wants to prove he can do it all over again. It’s a huge fight for him. Everyone is talking about whether Anthony Joshua can come back, but if he [Ruiz] can win this, the world will be his oyster. There’s a unification fight against Deontay Wilder, and there’s a huge amount of money to be made in 2020.
“I’m sure it’s a fight he wants to win. Everyone is preparing for December the 7th. I hear Andy Ruiz is in wonderful shape and is training very well. Joshua is training in Sheffield. It’s fine. Both fighters are clean, and we get on with it. For AJ, the first thing is he’s got to win the fight. That’s the only thing that matters to him. I think if he loses and loses as dramatically as he did the first time, it’s going to be tough,” said Smith about Joshua.
The chance of Joshua losing the rematch with Ruiz is high, but that’s what happens when fighters stubbornly take immediate rematches. From Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn’s perspective, it’s understandable why they’re doing it. The rematch clause is likely tilted heavily in Joshua’s favor in terms of the purse split.
Meanwhile, Ruiz Jr wants to “feel light so it’s easier to move on his feet” in the rematch against Joshua, according to his nutritionist.
Social media images have shown the world heavyweight champion looking slimmer and it has now been confirmed that he plans to whip himself into better shape before the second fight with Joshua on December 7, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“Andy’s weight is coming down,” his personal nutritionist and chef Zo’s Meal Plans told Sky Sports. “He’s working really hard in the gym which is a factor.
“His diet? Fish, salmon, pasta on sparring days. Once in a while, we have had a cheat day but nothing too crazy, man.
“The goal is to keep him eating clean, keep him eating healthily.
“Feeling light is what we’re going for. We want to keep him light.
“We’re not targeting a specific weight – maybe the same weight or a little bit less. But we want to feel light so it’s easier for him to move on his feet.”
Ruiz Jr weighed in at 19st 11lbs, a stone-and-a-half heavier than Joshua when they first fought in New York earlier this year.