Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua has been speaking lately to several media outlets about his highly anticipated rematch with Mexican Andy Ruize Jnr.
The British-born boxer who fell to a surprise defeat at the hands of Ruize in New York says that the rematch is more about gaining back his respect than winning the four belts he lost to Ruize.
He also maintained that he goes into the match with the mindset of a champion and serial winner with much to prove.
Here is what he has to say:
“I’ve had time to reflect. It took me three weeks to come to terms with the loss. I’m taking it even more serious now so I can go up yet another level.
I don’t often look at the belts. I don’t have a big trophy cabinet at home. I don’t show them off at night clubs. That’s not me. I’ve always said the belt should never define the man.
It’s really about a championship mindset, a championship spirit. I walked as a champion before ever I got a belt. I walk as a champion now.
I will walk as a champion after I beat Ruiz. That’s my mindset going into this fight. I still have more to prove to myself. That’s where the hunger still comes from.”
The pair will go toe-to-toe in a highly anticipated rematch in Saudi Arabia this Saturday.