Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2: Anthony Joshua explains the addition of new pad-men to team led by trainer Rob McCracken
Anthony Joshua has revealed he ignored”lots of people [that] achieved” to join the preparations for his forthcoming battle, before including a trainer described as performing”everything in the heart”.
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Joshua’s faith in Rob McCracken, his coach, has remained unwavering however his training camp was revamped ahead of next Saturday’s world heavyweight championship rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Pad-men Angel Fernandez along with Joby Clayton, and a range of new sparring spouses, have aided Joshua sharpen his resources to avenge the shock reduction to Ruiz Jr..
“It begins as a consideration, then a vision, and it comes to fact,” Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports News.
“A lot of people achieved but it is the ones who didn’t reach out that are here assisting now. I hunted after them they were not reaching me out saying’I want to help’.
“I reached out and explained:’I have watched and studied you for a very long time and feel like you are able to assist in this capability’.”
Spaniard Fernandez trains London cruiserweight Isaac Chamberlain, who told Sky Sports about him:”Angel is an wonderful coach – that I am quite happy, so proud of what he’s done.
“He does all from the center and those individuals will always win, ultimately. The cream will always rise.
“He remains true to himself, and he remains true to the folks around him. And you do not really see that from lots of individuals in boxing”
Joshua criticised the harvest of sparring partners who he trained together for the first battle with Ruiz Jr, asserting they desired”15 minutes of fame” and adding:”Everyone wants to become famous, instead of a good fighter.”
But this time he’s”upped the sparring” – using unbeaten American possibility Timothy Moten, former world title challenger Bryant Jennings, British contender Tom Little, cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti as well as for a single semester only, Derek Chisora.
Asked about his response to a first defeat, Joshua said:”No stress. There were fantastic men who’ve gone with no L but I’m not one of those guys.
“History teaches you the way to [manage it] and I am blessed to have another opportunity.
“‘Anthony you’ve dropped it, you’re not a fighter anymore’ – but I’m still here, the loss hasn’t influenced me in that sense.
“I hear YouTube motivational videos. I would always jump past the pieces [about defeat]. But my ears have been open to this now. Rather than blocking it out since it does not relate to you personally you become smarter. I’m receptive to learning more”
Ruiz Jr, meanwhile, has paid tribute to his trainer Manny Robles and fantasies they had joined forces earlier.
“If I’d Manny then, I would have won from Joseph Parker in New Zealand,” Ruiz Jr said in his only career defeat.
“The other coaches would not pressure me to throw a lot of punches, a lot of head motion. Now I have Manny on my own side, it couldn’t have gone any better.”
View Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua two in Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 7, now live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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