Anthony Joshua claims he’d ‘whoop’ Andy Ruiz Jr in Tijuana.
Two months have passed since ‘AJ’ lost his heavyweight crown at the Madison Square Garden.
”I feel strong enough and I feel I can correct my wrongs,” Joshua said in an interview with Sky Sports.
”I need to be around as many boxing people as possible because right now I need to soak in the experience and knowledge – and get that passion back.”
Joshua would go on to allude to calling on the experience of former heavyweight king George Foreman, who has apparently offered his knowledge and experiences to the Briton.
Joshua spoke with his familiar eloquence and coherent manner, with Smith asking the right questions at the right times — the AJ-Machine is slowly beginning to tick again after months of ifs, buts and maybes surrounding his future.
Smith didn’t push on news of the rematch — a rematch he has stated for the sake of Sky Sports that he would love to land in the UK — but Joshua was keen to distance himself from the business side of the sport.
”I’ve taken a step back from the business, so the decisions are due when the decisions are due, and I leave that to the decision-makers,” he said. “What I need to focus on now is my training, so I know there’s a rematch, I know it’s going to be this year.”
With the fire clearly back, burning inside Joshua, his heart still seems to be ruling his head in a preference for a location for the rematch – a topic of conversation that has dominated the majority of the talk ahead of a fight which is still expected to land in November this year.
”You’ve got two ends of it. There’s one, I’d fight in Tijuana and Ruiz’s uncle could be the referee and I would still whoop him. It don’t matter to me where it is, there’s that aspect, but then there’s the other aspect of the British fans that have been riding with me from day one want to see me get them belts back.”
”I would love it to be in Cardiff (England) but it’s going to be on neutral ground, Ruiz is the champ so he will make some calls in that situation but I’m going to battle for it to be in the UK because it’s my stomping ground.”