I’m punching like a horse kick – Anthony Joshua

first_imgANTHONY Joshua says he is “punching like a horse kicking backwards” and holds “no fear” going into his highly anticipated rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.At a charged final face-off next to the Diriyah Arena where the two will fight in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Ruiz, 30, warned there is “no way” he will lose.Joshua added he will weigh-in lighter than the 17st 9lb he posted before his New York defeat as part of a new plan.“I may be less than 17 stone,” he told BBC Sport.“I’m punching loose and heavy – rhythm and flow,” the 30-year-old added. “Before I was trying to bench-press a house; I used my body to get where I needed but then I started realising the sweet science of the sport.“I am punching like a horse kicking backwards right now.” MIND GAMES, NO FEAR AND TEAM CHANTSJoshua has not weighed less than 17st since 2014 and 5 Live analyst Steve Bunce said his projected weight was a “stunning revelation”.Ruiz, perhaps playing mind games, arrived at the news conference sporting a New York Knicks jersey. Joshua was housed in the changing room of the NBA franchise for the first bout, where he suffered one of the most shocking defeats in heavyweight history and lost the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles.As the pair faced off, Joshua’s team shouted “two times” behind him in reference of his chance to win the world titles for a second time. Ruiz’s team responded, shouting “and still” as the camera flashes lit up both men.Joshua, who had his final six-round spar on Tuesday, was asked if winning his belts back would be a career-high and replied: “I was asked if it will be a special moment and said ‘no’ as I know I belong there.“When I got back from New York, I didn’t lose any heart or fire in my belly and started punching the heavy bag preparing for this day. There is no fear in my heart, my eyes or mind, I am confident.” (BBC Sport)last_img

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