Ruiz Jr vs Joshua II: ‘There will be an edge’ from Anthony Joshua at hat-trick of press conferences, says Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua”has that spite back”, according to some promoter Eddie Hearn, that expects three fiery encounters together with Andy Ruiz Jr this past week.
Prior to a December 7 rematch live on Sky Sports Box Office joshua will visit Ruiz Jr for the very first time since losing to him in a press conference in Saudi Arabia today.
The research rivals will from London on Friday and at New York on Thursday before ramping preparation up to contest both the WBA, IBF and WBO titles .
“He is looking into the eyes of a guy who has defeated him, and it will be interesting how he responds,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I don’t believe AJ likes himhe doesn’t like the comments that have been made. It’s going to be more lively.
“There will be respect because they had a terrific fight, but there’ll be an advantage.
“AJ has that back. I have seen it. I enjoy seeing that – it has to be controlled aggression and commanded spite. You are going into knock out somebody and that is what AJ wants to perform.”
Joshua had told AJ: The Untold Truth About his frustrations an undercover heavyweight championship fight against Deontay Wilder did not materialise.
He said:”I have taken on the world from my 16th fight, I’ve always done that. Then I’m fighting Ruiz Jr?”
Hearn insists Joshua has rediscovered his drive:”He didn’t have some emotion, and he made it obvious. He was not up for fighting Ruiz Jr..
“It was nothing from Ruiz Jr, he simply didn’t have some emotion. And now he can.”
Joshua also caused a furore by phoning Lennox Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion, a”clown”.
Hearn explained:”It’s been bubbling for some time. It’s not that he does not admire Lennox as a boxer. He does but he does not admire him. People did not pick up this.
“‘How can you say that about Lennox?” Of course you can, it doesn’t matter what he’s achieved. AJ thinks he is a clown. AJ can’t win, sometimes he gets stick for being quiet and he’s speaking his head.”
Follow Sky Sports platforms for coverage of their Saudi Arabia press conference on Wednesday.

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