Anthony Joshua says defeating Andy Ruiz Jr ‘won’t be special’ and will not be a ‘time to celebrate’

Anthony Joshua has insisted he will not celebrate if he defeats Andy Ruiz Jr in their return bout on Saturday evening.

Joshua has the opportunity to get his revenge when he goes head-to-head with with the Mexican bruiser at the Diriyah Arena – a purpose-built venue designed specifically for this encounter.

Joshua says beating Ruiz Jr will be no cause for celebration
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The 30-year-old Brit was knocked down four times on his US debut in New York by Ruiz.

But AJ has insisted he will not celebrate if he is victorious in the repeat fight, insisting he will simply be back to where he belongs.

When asked by Eddie Hearn if there would be a different reaction if he reclaims the titles, he said: “Winning the belts won’t be special because I know I belong there, so it’s not special as I know what I’m capable of doing.

“So when I regain those belts I’m probably just going to keep cool and stay focused because it’s not a time to celebrate, it’s a time to keep that challenging mindset and move on to the next target.

“One by one I’m picking them off and Ruiz is just the next one.”

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Joshua also offered Ruiz the chance of a third fight if he defeats the Mexican bruiser.

Speaking at an open workout on Tuesday, Joshua told Sky Sports: “Me and Andy Ruiz, if he’s dedicated to the game, we’ll definitely see each other a third time down the line.

“This ain’t gonna be the last time I see Ruiz in the ring.

“We make for good fights, I think there’s definitely gonna be a knockout.”

Joshua, who unveiled a leaner and more athletic physique, also explained how he has learned from the mistakes he made six months ago.

He said: “Away from the bright lights of the media after I took my loss, it was a time to reflect and that’s what I did.

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“The changes I’ve made will make it very difficult for Ruiz Jr in the rematch. Everyone talks about change but us fighters have a spark in us. I fine-tuned.

“It’s a marathon not a sprint, and I will be victorious. The main thing is about being in control of every situation.

“I know how good I am. I dedicate my life to boxing so it will be no surprise when I win.

“This is all I’ve got so when I do amazing things I keep my head on my shoulders, and my feet on the ground. I know I’m capable of doing it but it’s about doing it in those 36 minutes.”

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