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Nelson: TKO Defeat Has Made Anthony Joshua Hungry Again

Former world champion and Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson is expecting a very hungry Anthony Joshua, when the British superstar faces Andy Ruiz in a rematch for the WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles.

The rematch is scheduled for December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

Back in June, Ruiz dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage before a stunned crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Nelson believes Joshua underestimated Ruiz, who entered the fight on short notice after initial opponent Jarrell Miller failed a drug test.

“The first time Anthony Joshua met Ruiz, he didn't even look at Ruiz. He thought, 'I've got this little fat guy now' and he made the mistake, but he'll never make that mistake again," Nelson told Daily Star.

“And I actually say, if Anthony Joshua was gonna lose, that was the best time for him to lose. Can you imagine if he lost for the first time against Wilder? Can you imagine if he lost for the first time against Fury? Then you'd think it's a bigger mountain to climb.

“So now it's made him hungry again. 'Cos Anthony Joshua doesn't need to fight, he's a very wealthy young man. Now he wants to fight, because he wants to prove something to himself. Now this is where he turns a corner. This is where you get fighters that are lifetime history makers in our sport, because they're millionaires but they still fight like they're paupers. You look at [Floyd] Mayweather, you look at [Muhammad] Ali, you look at [Joe] Frazier, you look at [Marco Antonio] Barrera.

“You look at all these fighters that were wealthy as hell, but they still put up amazing performances as if they had nothing. Anthony Joshua didn't fight like a hungry man, but he will now because he wants to do it. Now he wants to do it for himself.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Letmaku on 10-14-2019

Look at Ali and Floyd they can float and run when chase by a midget like Joe Frazier and Pacman. Ruiz will gassed out after eight rounds of chasing!?

Comment by Jkp on 10-14-2019

[QUOTE=Flap;20120856]A guy who gets up 4 times is mentally weak?[/QUOTE] He quit the 4th time. The weakest champ in history, mentally.

Comment by Ccarroll2133 on 10-13-2019

I agree I think Ruiz will win the rematch. He was wise to back up as Ruiz peppered him with shots. I have no clue why he did not try to stay at longer range. I question his IQ as…

Comment by Nash out on 10-13-2019

It's a mentality thing. Fury will fight back through anything and in his mind refuses to lose, he will fight and hustle no matter how the fight is going. Losing, down, injured, cut, whatever, the Gypsy King fights on and…

Comment by Ccarroll2133 on 10-13-2019

I've obviously seen all kinds of opinions of this fight both here and everywhere else. I have not always followed boxing closely but have again the last few years. I'm not a Joshua fan or hater. With this fight, I…

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