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Khan Warns: Joshua Should Rebuild, Not Do Immediate Rematch

According to Amir Khan, former world champion Anthony Joshua should consider taking "one or two fights" to rebuild his career - before he takes part in a rematch with Andy Ruiz.

On June 1, Ruiz shocked Joshua, by dropping the Olympic gold medal winner four times before the contest was waved off in the seventh round.

Ruiz walked away with the IBF, WBO, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles.

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Joshua has already exercised an immediate rematch clause, and plans to face Khan in the fall.

Khan, who usually took some easier fights in the aftermath of defeat, believes Joshua is making a big mistake.

"I don't think he should fight Ruiz straight away," said Khan to BBC Sport.

"If he fights him again, it will be very hard to overcome that. I thought it would be very good for Joshua to have one or two fights to rebuild himself and his confidence. Not that he needs it but while you have the opportunity to do that, you might as well. In boxing, people just want to see you in harder and harder fights. Had he won, people would want him in with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury. He's so young as a heavyweight, this would give him a chance to improve on things and come back stronger.

"Then when it does come to be time for Wilder and Fury, he would be more than ready. Maybe defeat by Ruiz will be a blessing for him. There's always pressure on you when you get beaten. You think: 'Do I still have it in me?' People start saying you're not what they thought you would be. That does affect you mentally. You have to use the criticism as motivation.

"Getting beaten so early in my career, I learned to build myself up again. I had to prove people wrong - and becoming a world champion was a good way to stop critics. It was hard to take at the time but it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me as it made me a better fighter mentally."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SchoolTheseCats on 06-21-2019

[QUOTE=Straightener;19844058]Get your excuses lined up early ... that’s a good lad[/QUOTE] Excuses? Aj was flattened on inside and pushed back from first round..... only way samething doesn’t happen if they get a ref like in the Parker fight, we all…

Comment by Jkp on 06-20-2019

[QUOTE=sportsplato;19844070]And this is the real question. AJ stood in the pocket too long winging shots. Thats Ruiz' fight. Look for AJ to jab, jab, power shot, then turn or hold. All things considered, I thought he took most of the…

Comment by Jkp on 06-20-2019

[QUOTE=Straightener;19844058]Get your excuses lined up early ... that’s a good lad[/QUOTE] Start getting your next UK hype job lined up. Because Anthony "the quitter" Johnson in finished. No version of Ruiz loses to the stiff robot body builder.

Comment by Ajvar on 06-20-2019

If I was KOed as many as Khan was then probably for me it also would become "the best thing that ever happened to me".

Comment by giant_king on 06-20-2019

At Allen23 I'm telling that first fight just didn't seem right it look all fake to me.look for the real fight to go down in the rematch

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