Olympic champion, Anthony Joshua has admitted to losing passion for boxing, a sport that has gotten him to the peak of his career today.
Gulf News reports that ahead of Joshua’s rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr., a Mexican-American, on December 7, the boxer who hails from Britain said he needs to “get the passion back”.
Recall that on June 1st, 2019, Joshua was dealt with a horrific seventh-round finishing blow from Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Due to the defeat to Ruiz, Joshua lost WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world titles, all of which he’s bagged from 2016-2019.
On his journey to regaining his reputation, Joshua wishes he could take back his remarks on former world heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis.
Despite Lewis’ long term ownership of the belts, the Briton called him a “clown” who he does no respect.
However, his promoter, Eddie Hearn, has advised him to cease the disrespectful words on Lewis, urging that he focuses on earning back the belts from Ruiz.
Speaking to The Independent, Hearn said: “I think he was disillusioned with the sport because he wanted to fight Deontay Wilder (undefeated WBC heavyweight champion since 2015).
“He couldn’t get that fight and as he said in the interview, he didn’t really want to fight Andy Ruiz. But tough, you fought him and you fought a real hungry guy.”
As part of an extensive roadshow to promote their Saudi rematch themed ‘Clash on the Dunes’, Joshua and Ruiz Jr will meet face-to-face today, September 3, for the first time since the match on June 1.