Anthony Joshua is apparently aware that his heavyweight peers — particularly Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury — are pegging Andy Ruiz Jr. to beat him once more when they square off in Saudi Arabia on December 7th.
In several interviews those fighters have credited Ruiz’s fast hands and experience as being too much for Joshua to cope with, so now Joshua is saying he wants full adulation from them once he pulls off the win.
“I’m fighting the best man in the world now. I’m going to whup him. I’ll show how great I am,” claimed Joshua. “They think he’s so great. So when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.
“Apparently I’m fighting the quickest hands. The best fighter in the division. So once I beat him I want everybody to bow to me.”
Joshua mentions that he would’ve never gotten any real credit had he beaten Ruiz in their first meeting, with the expectation that it was just a showcase fight for him, but he now says he’s had plenty of time to prepare for Ruiz specifically, insisting he’s ready to stand and trade blows with the Mexican champion.