Ruiz defeat made me a smarter fighter, says Joshua

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Briton Anthony Joshua said his first career defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr. was due to a lack of experience and he had become a “smarter” fighter ahead of December’s rematch. Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world heavyweight champion with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June. “It wasn’t burnout. The issues I faced in the last camp, it’s just down to lack of experience,” he told BBC. Joshua said: “Even though it was at a high level, we were still finding experience. “Andy Ruiz is good but I don’t think he should beat me twice. I used to hear guys say you have to take a loss and I would think ‘why’? “Now I can understand it and know what it takes. I have more understanding now and my ears are open to new information so that’s making me smarter as a fighter.” The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight title rematch – dubbed: “Clash on the Dunes,” will take place in Saudi Arabia on December 7 after former Olympic Champion Joshua triggered a rematch clause. “The blessing is I have a second chance and here we are,” the 30-year-old said. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more

146th Open Championship gets underway this morning

first_imgPadraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug when the famous old tournament last visited the Southport course, and goes out in the group immediately after Clarke’s.Shane Lowry’s another morning starter, taking to the course at 10.20.While out-of-form Rory McIlroy remains convinced he’s just one round from turning his year around – he’s out just before ten-to-3 in a group that also contains world number one Dustin Johnson. Photo © – Tipp FM The 146th Open Championship gets underway this morning.Mark O’Meara – who won at Royal Birkdale in 1998 – is first to tee off at 6.35 this morning.Darren Clarke is the first Irish player out, teeing off at 9.25.last_img