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Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua 2: New York Press Conference

The two heavyweights made their way to NYC as part of the three-city press tour.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

On the second leg of their three-city promotional tour, formally announcing their December 7th rematch, heavyweights Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua held a press conference in New York City to promote their fight.

After the trainers took their turns at the podium to talk a bit about this rematch, Anthony Joshua stepped to the mic to speak his piece.

“Boxing, boxing, boxing, and more boxing,” Joshua began. “In my short 11-year career from the amateurs to the pros, like I said, I’ve seen a lot. I wouldn’t say I’ve seen it all yet but definitely seen a lot.

“There’s times where I’ve faced defeat as an amateur, in my third fight, and imagine if I would’ve stopped then. There would be no now. I lost in the European quarterfinals, imagine if I would’ve stopped then, there would be no now. I lost in World Championship finals. Imagine if I stopped then, there would be no now.

“So I feel like stopping isn’t in my DNA. To continue, and as long as I have breath in me I’ll keep on fighting for the passion of boxing, more so to carry the sport as an ambassador of the sport and as an ambassador for championship-level fighting. I feel like that’s where I belong. You know, ever since I got into boxing I’ve just tried to rise to the top, never wanted to be mediocre with it.

“I’m born with a fighting spirit, I know how to fight, and the blessing is that people reflect it as you lost their titles — you lost your titles. I always say that to lose something is to never get it back...but I believe and I’m certain that I have a second chance on December 7th. We didn’t have no warm-up fights, I’m not gun-shy. I’m looking forward to getting back in there December 7th and reclaiming my belts.”

Check out the full presser and face off in the video above, courtesy of our friends at Fight Hub TV.

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