Eddie Hearn has backed Anthony Joshua to win back his belts when he rematches Andy Ruiz Jr. and disagrees with the Mexican’s recent comments about the Brit. Ruiz is adamant he will emerge victorious again when they face off at the end of the year, saying ‘the only thing he can do [differently] is just run around you know, like he’s not good at boxing, he’s not a good boxer’. But Hearn says running is the last thing Joshua should do and is convinced AJ has what it takes to avenge his defeat.
‘I saw Ruiz the other night saying he’s got to run in the rematch – that’s what he can’t do,’ Hearn told IFL TV. ‘He can’t run, he boxed off the back foot last time. ‘But it’s going to take a really good performance, physically and mentally, to win this fight. I just believe in him. I believe in his mindset, I believe in his ability, and I just believe that he’s going to do it.’ Hearn also believes the magnitude of the Ruiz rematch – which has quietened talk of fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for now – will work in AJ’s favour. He continued: ‘Honestly I think it’s just a case of, and he said it to me the other day, “People just talk to me about Wilder”. All fight week was, “After this fight, I’ll sit down with Wilder, Fury” all this.
‘So subconsciously it’s like this fight is won, and when it breaks down or it goes wrong or you get hurt, it’s like, what the f***? But this time you can go in with the attitude that this is everything, and that’s what he had when he went in against Klitschko. ‘He was prepared to go to any lengths to win that fight, just that fight, it was the only thing that mattered to him. And now we’re there again with Ruiz. This is going to be epic. But it’s going to be a real tough fight. I can’t wait. I’m going to be absolutely s***ing myself, but this is what we live for.’