Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua is more about gaining back his respect than winning the belts he lost to Andy Ruiz Jnr.
His last match in New York with Ruiz was a shock to many. In anticipation of his rematch with in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua said he is going into the fight as a champion.
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.