Anthony Joshua cautioned”I have a second chance” as he went face to face with Andy Ruiz Jr in a media conference in New York.
Where Ruiz Jr shocked Joshua before this year, ahead of their rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, live on Sky Sports Box Office, the heavyweight rivals matched again in town.
IBF, WBA and WBO title-holder Ruiz Jr, wearing a sombrero, only broke in an extreme face-off when he discovered calls of”let’s go champ” from the onlooking Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight champion from New York.
Joshua earlier said:”In my short 11-year career, by the amateurs to the experts, I have seen a lot. I’ve definitely seen a lot, although I wouldn’t say I’ve seen it all.
“There were instances once I faced defeat as a amateur. My third fight. Imagine I ceased there will be now. I dropped in the European Championship quarter-finals. Envision I stopped then, there could be today.
“I dropped in the World Championship finals. Picture I ceased there will be. Stopping is not in my DNA. I will continue fighting the enthusiasm of boxing and more so as an ambassador for championship-level fighting. That’s the place I belong.
“I had been born with a fighting spirit. I know how to battle.
“People say,’you lost your titles’. I say,’to shed something is never to get it back’.
“I have a second opportunity on December 7. I used ton’t have a warm-up fight, I am not gun-shy.
“Shannon Briggs talks about the days he was out and down, and nobody believed .
“That is where’let’s go champ’ comes in my life at the moment.”
Joshua subsequently called on Briggs to yell his catchphrase and that he responded with a loudly:”Let’s go champ!”
Ruiz Jr said in New York:”That is really where I became the primary Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.
“But I understand Joshua needs his belts back. I know how it feels to drop I lost to Joseph Parker when I thought I had won. Joshua can bounce straight back . My job is not to let him get the belts back.
“I have had doubters my whole lifetime, telling me I would do nothing because of my appearance. Because of how I looked.
“Individuals can now say,’if he did it, I could do it’.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added:”This really is a beautiful, savage sport and each fighter deserves respect but both of these are great role models and amazing ambassadors. This might be the heavyweight occasion of our generation.”
Joshua and Ruiz Jr met in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on a media tour’s first leg. They reconvene at London on Friday.