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Eddie Hearn: It’s better for Anthony Joshua to be lighter, more fluid for Andy Ruiz rematch

The Matchroom promoter says Joshua has had more time to tailor his approach for Ruiz.

Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 (Clash on the Dunes) - Press Conference Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

A lot of people have noticed that Anthony Joshua has been sporting a leaner frame since his loss over the summer to Andy Ruiz, and that’s obviously a conscious effort as Joshua looks to change some things up for the rematch.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says that Anthony Joshua had been physically preparing himself for a fight with Jarrell Miller, but now Joshua’s will be having a full camp to specifically tailor himself for Andy Ruiz, who came in as late replacement opponent last June.

“Against Jarrell Miller, it was more about size, because he was going to get walked down. He wanted to be big, strong, solid. Obviously against Ruiz, someone that’s faster, it’s probably better to be a little bit lighter and more fluid.

”I think there will probably be a little bit of focus on being that way in this fight, rather than preparing for Jarrell Miller, like they did for 70 per cent of their camp last time.”

Will Joshua preparing himself to be a lighter, more mobile opponent better serve him for this Ruiz rematch, or will none of that really matter if Joshua can’t take it on the chin once Ruiz lands?

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