Anthony Joshua has declared that he intends to take centre ring and won’t run from Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch on Saturday night.
When Ruiz Jr beat AJ first time around, the Mexican-American was able to control the central position with the Brit on the back foot for large parts, especially when hurt.
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As a result, many felt Joshua could be even more cautious this time around with some speculating that his evident weight loss could be a ploy to increase speed and agility when ‘running’ around the ring.
However, when asked what he plans to do, AJ said: “Take centre.
“If I’m six inches in front of Ruiz, all it takes for a man to miss a punch is six inches. So sometimes you haven’t even gotta be running around the ring.”
At this point trainer Rob McCracken interjected and added: “You can’t jab and move against Ruiz.
“He’s gonna come over the top at some point and close the gap and hit you with a right hand to the body.
“You’ve gotta control him. If you can’t, he’s gonna pressure you too much.”
Joshua concluded: “I asked him, ‘How do I beat you?’ He goes, ‘You should move around.’
“Boxing is the sweet science of the sport, right? I’m 6ft 6ins, so it’d be wrong of me to sit in front of Ruiz and go toe-to-toe hooking.
“I have to box on my attributes, which is range and movement. My boxing style is not what a scared fighter does, I think it’s what a smart fighter would do. I think that’s just what I’m gonna do, be the smart fighter on the night.
“We have to engage to win, I’m gonna engage to my benefit. Educated engagement.”