Anthony Joshua cautioned”I have another chance” because he went face to face with Andy Ruiz Jr at a media conference in New York.
Where Ruiz Jr shocked Joshua earlier this year, before their rematch on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, live on Sky Sports Box Office the heavyweight rivals matched in town.
IBF, WBA and WBO title-holder Ruiz Jr, wearing a sombrero, only broke in an intense face-off when he heard calls of”let’s move champ” from the onlooking Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight champion from New York.
Joshua earlier said:”In my brief 11-year profession, from the amateurs to the experts, I’ve seen a great deal. I have definitely noticed a good deal, although I wouldn’t say I have seen it all.
“There were times when I confronted beat as an amateur. My third struggle. Picture I stopped then, there could be. I dropped in the European Championship quarter-finals. Envision I ceased then, there will be.
“I dropped in the World Championship finals. Imagine I ceased there will be now. Stopping isn’t within my DNA. I will continue fighting the enthusiasm of boxing and fighting. That’s the place I belong.
“I had been born with a fighting spirit. I know how to fight.
“People say,’you misplaced your names’. I say,’to shed something is to never get it back’.
“I have another chance on December 7. I didn’t have a warm-up fight, I’m not gun-shy.
“Shannon Briggs talks about the times he had been out and down, and no one believed .
“That’s where’let us move champ’ comes into my life at the moment.”
Joshua subsequently called on Briggs to yell his catchphrase and he responded with a loudly:”Let us go champ!”
Ruiz Jr said about New York:”That is where I became the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.
“However, I know Joshua wants his straps back. I understand how it feels to lose I dropped to Joseph Parker once I believed I’d won. Joshua can bounce backagain. My job isn’t to allow him get back the straps.
“I have had doubters my whole lifetime, telling me I would do nothing for my appearance. Because of the way I looked.
“Individuals are now able to say,’when he did it, I can do it’.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn included:”This is a beautiful, brutal sport and each fighter deserves admiration but these two are excellent role models and amazing ambassadors. This may be the heavyweight event of our creation.”
Joshua and Ruiz Jr fulfilled in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to a media tour’s first leg. They reconvene on Friday at London.