Joshua Rejects The Idea of Being ‘Nervous’ as Ruiz Bout Nears

Former world champion Anthony Joshua has promised to become to regain the heavyweight throne in two weeks.

On December 7th in Saudi Arabia, Joshua will face IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a rematch.

Ruiz captured the four world titles back in June, when he dropped Joshua four times for a seventh round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Joshua explained that he mentally recovered from the loss after a few weeks.

Now he’s deep in training to face Ruiz for a second time and he’s already arrived in Saudi Arabia.

“About three weeks. I used to sleep and I’d be thinking about it – I lost. But it’s cool. The blessing is that I’ve got solid people around me that have been with me since day one. They know me as AJ. That is a good thing,” Joshua said to Sky Sports.

“Even though I lost, it was only in my quiet times like going to bed or something like that, that I really thought about it. In a weird way it was kind of like a relief. I’m quite a strong-minded person. I find opportunity even in the worst type of cases. I don’t hide from any situation. You could fill out this arena and I could talk about all my losses in life, and I’m proud of them. I’m not going to shy away from them anyway.”

There are some experts who believe Joshua’s career is at stake. They believe his position as an elite fighter would be crushed with a second defeat.

But the British superstar is not concerned with any of those statements.

And he rejects the idea of being nervous as the contest approaches.

“No way. I’m never nervous. Look at the last fight I was about half asleep in the ring! I’m never nervous. I know I’m good. When you know you’re good at something you don’t make it the biggest thing in your life, the biggest thing in my life is actually training,” Joshua said.

“Fighting isn’t hard. Fighting and winning isn’t hard. It’s the training every day, having the right people around you every day. Honestly that is the biggest fight in my life. The winning is easy, that takes care of itself.”