Anthony Joshua Never Dreamed He Would Fight In Saudi Arabia, But Now He’s Ready For War
There’s something we still find a little bit funny about Andy Ruiz Jr flooring Anthony Joshua to pinch his world title belts back in June. A story seemingly straight out of a discarded Rocky script, the undefeated champ was beaten by the out of shape last minute replacement. The best thing about it? We get to see the re-match played out in Saudi Arabia.
But at yesterday’s press conference, Joshua explained not only his determination to reclaim his titles, but a desire to put on a show in Saudi.
“I’ll be honest,” he revealed. “I never thought I’d be fighting outside of London or America, but it’s a blessing to be here. I’m glad that the people of Saudi Arabia are supporting boxing. On December 7, some people might support me, some might support Andy, but regardless we’re going to have a really great night of boxing.”
Saudi’s play to muscle in on the boxing world has gathered steady pace in recent months, and following on from Amir Khan’s defeat of Billy Dib in Jeddah, the gears have changed with the Kingdom’s very first heavyweight title fight, boosting the grass roots of the sport in the process.
In what was a terrifyingly amicable pre-fight press conference, Ruiz explained what he expected, unfortunately failing to explain the photo of him eating a taco off a Rolls Royce following his victory in June (arguably the second funniest thing to come out of that first fight in June).
“I know Anthony Joshua is coming hard, and I know he is going to be preparing really good,” said Ruiz in a press conference in Diriyah, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh. “But so am I. I’m really hungry. A lot of people are saying that I’m not training, that I’m not taking it serious. Come on, I got all these belts. There’s a lot of responsibilities to this. And I’m going to win here in the same fashion as I did on June 1. And I’m going to prove everybody wrong.
"I don’t want to just have 15 minutes of fame.”