Now AJ must hit streets

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY CHRIS McKENNA

DAVID HAYE be­lieves An­thony Joshua must be “bat­tle-har­dened” in spar­ring for his re­match with Andy Ruiz Jr.

British heavy­weight star Joshua suf­fered a shock de­feat to the Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can In New York ear­lier this month.

For­mer two-weight world cham­pion Haye said: “When I was in Mi­ami I used to go on my own and lit­er­ally spar with any­body. Peo­ple from the street.

“That hasn’t re­ally been the case for Joshua. He needs to spar all­com­ers that are al­lowed to try and knock him out.

“My spar­ring part­ners were al­lowed to try and knock me out if they could, and that’s what made it live.

“I might be com­pletely wrong, but Andy Ruiz Jr ap­peared more bat­tle-har­dened in the bat­tle zone.

“Joshua looked un­com­fort­able. The only way to be­come com­fort­able in that bat­tle zone is to be­come un­com­fort­able in the train­ing zone.

“Phys­i­cally you can’t ques­tion An­thony Joshua, in a dead lift com­pe­ti­tion he’ll beat you. But box­ing, punch for punch, toe to toe – that’s the more im­por­tant thing.”


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