British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua, has received numerous criticism after he was defeated by Mexican boxer, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua while speaking ahead of the Saturday rematch with Ruiz in Saudi Arabia on Saturday said he is more interested in earning back his respect than winning the belts he lost to Ruiz.
Joshua said, “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.”
The Nigeria-born British heavyweight boxer revealed that he has no intention of retiring, if he win or lose.
He added, “I still have more to prove to myself. That’s where the hunger still comes from.”