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Anthony Joshua informed to return to his roots by former world champion boxer John Conteh forward of Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

Anthony Joshua told to go back to his roots by former world champion boxer John Conteh ahead of Andy Ruiz Jr rematch


Legendary British fighter John Conteh has urged Anthony Joshua to rediscover what makes him a champion forward of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua misplaced his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles to the Mexican in certainly one of boxing’s best ever shocks again in June.

Anthony Joshua will look to avenge his loss towards Andy Ruiz Jr of their rematch on December 7
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And Conteh is a person who is aware of how that feels. He by no means regained the WBC light-heavyweight title he misplaced in 1978, regardless of three makes an attempt.

“A few fights I believed I gained anyway,” he informed talkSPORT. “You may solely do the perfect you possibly can. Some get it again and a few don’t.”

There are many comparisons to be drawn between Conteh and Joshua.

The charismatic former champion was the golden boy of British boxing all through the seventies earlier than a dramatic fall from grace.

It was alcoholism which did for Conteh, a battle he has since gained, and the 68-year-old believes Joshua should additionally conquer some psychological demons forward of his combat with Ruiz in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked Joshua down 4 occasions in New York again in June
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Talking at Maurice Newman’s Nice Ormond Road Charity Golf event at Stapleford Abbots, the 68-year-old informed talkSPORT: “The hassle he put into placing the muscle tissue on, he ought to now put into remembering the place he was in Watford.

“Don’t try to be a scientist or a mathematician, return to if you have been a child, earlier than you even got here into boxing.

“Once you have been getting out of hassle, avoiding obstacles and overcoming them.

“Return there. It’s not an ego factor I’m speaking about. It’s about choosing the proper approach.”

He added: “The best on the planet get beat on the top of their careers. It’s a better problem now as a result of he’s acquired the possibility to return again. Be a part of the membership!

Conteh was WBC light-heavyweight world champion from 1974 to 1978
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“All you are able to do is give it 100 per cent, you’ve acquired management of that. However you haven’t acquired management of the consequence.

“You may management attempting to get to the suitable consequence, giving 100% and then you definitely’re already a winner. Let’s see what the result’s on the finish and hopefully it goes in your favour.

“Everybody loses, it’s what you be taught from it. You’re younger and highly effective and skilled sufficient to return again and win.”


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