Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Andy Ruiz: I Don't Want To Let These Beautiful Belts Go Away

Andy Ruiz: I Don't Want To Let These Beautiful Belts Go Away

Ruiz, who was born in the United States but fights as a Mexican, caused one of boxing's biggest upsets in NY in June when he handed Joshua a first defeat to win the WBA, IBF and WBO title in NY.

"If God calls it, that's what's going to happen", Joshua said at the open workouts referring to a knockout win (via DAZN).

The Briton has also been taking advice on his training regime and diet from former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his bid to reclaim the title at the fight dubbed the "Clash on the Dunes".

Joshua said he was "hungry, determined and focused" as he appeared alongside Ruiz in a press conference in Diriyah, close to the Saudi capital Riyadh. "I feel it in my heart, I'm confident and I believe in myself, so, yeah, I'm going to be victorious". "I made my dreams come true". Saturday will mark his first defense, as well as the first time since April 2016 where Joshua will enter a major title fight as a beltless challenger. "There's no way that I'm gonna let these belts go".

7, Joshua and Ruiz Jr.

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"I am going to die trying and do anything that's possible. All this hard work and dedication... remember, I've been doing this since I was six years old", notes Ruiz, whose lone loss came in a 12-round majority decision defeat to Joseph Parker in their December 2016 vacant title fight. "I just want to do a job". "I'm ready for whatever comes my way".

"If I make a crap presentation, I could get the fights I've been chasing!"

Activists accuse Saudi rulers of using glitzy concerts and sporting extravaganzas as a tool to try and soften their worldwide image as it gears up to host the 2020 G20 summit, an event that is set to see the leaders of the world's 20 richest nations converging on the kingdom.

Both Joshua and Ruiz, however, have shrugged off criticism over Saudi Arabia's human rights record, saying they were happy to have the fight in the kingdom.

Watch Ruiz Jr vs Joshua 2 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 5pm.

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