Joshua faces top sparring for Ruiz rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Joshua plans title defence in Nigeria Why I lost my titles to Anthony Joshua — Andy Ruiz Joshua shows off body transformation for Ruiz rematch Eddie Hearn has revealed that Anthony Joshua is taking a completely different approach to his sparring for the Brit’s highly-anticipated heavyweight rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7. The Matchroom head has revealed the problems which dogged Joshua’s camp in the run up to the first fight at Madison Square Garden – one of boxing’s biggest ever upsets – which ended in Ruiz Jr spectacularly triumphing via a seventh-round stoppage. Sparring partners were in short supply for the original world title bout after the Mexican was drafted in at the 11th hour to replace Joshua’s scheduled opponent, Jarrell Miller, who had to be pulled out following failed drug tests. Hearn told Sky Sports: “Sparring is something we’ve been working at. “First time around we only had four weeks, and three weeks of sparring. We found guys but probably not the guys we really wanted. “Now the sparring is top class. He is focused and looking great. Eight weeks to go. “We’re not interested in looking at Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or anything else. It’s just about winning one of the biggest heavyweight events of all time.” Joshua also commented on his sparring and quashed rumours that he was knocked down in training ahead of the first Ruiz Jr fight, during which he asked his trainer Robert McCracken after the sixth and penultimate round: “Why am I feeling like this?” The Olympic gold medallist said: “I feel like people are more interested in their five minutes of fame. “Even in sparring, everyone wants to be famous, rather than a good fighter. “You can’t even enjoy your training and work on things without someone trying to make up false allegations, and trying to get five minutes of fame. “You bring someone into your training camp to do them a favour, you’re paying them, you beat them up in every round, then they go and do an interview. “It just happens all the time in boxing, there is just a lot of envy.” Eddie Hearn previously spoke of the problem finding like-for-like sparring partners to mimic the awkward physical and technical skills of Ruiz Jr. “It’s so difficult to replicate the style of Andy Ruiz,” Hearn said. “The guy is 6’1′, he’s 19st, and he’s got speed like a middleweight. “It’s one thing getting a sparring partner in, it’s getting them to let their hands go against Anthony Joshua. Would you want to do it? You’ve got to be mad to even spar with him, let alone fight him.”Tags: Andy Ruizlast_img read more

Football News Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Stunning Hat-Trick As Portugal Thump Lithuania 6-0 In Euro Qualifier

first_imgNew Delhi: Euro 2020 Qualifier, Portugal vs Lithuania: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his ninth international hat-trick as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a Euro 2020 qualifier. This was the 55th hat-trick of his career. After opening the scoring from the penalty spot, Ronaldo lashed home a superb second goal from outside the box. Ronaldo got his hat-trick in the second half taking a cut-back from Bernardo Silva and firing home. Pizzi, Goncalo Paciencia and Silva scored the other goals in the one-sided Group B match.Cristiano Ronaldo has now moved to 98 goals for his country and could become only the second player to score a century of goals for his country after Iran’s Ali Daei. Ronaldo showed no sign of the knee problem that led to him being substituted in his previous two games for Juventus – prompting an angry reaction on the second occasion.Watch Goals And Highlights Of Portugal vs Lithuania Match: However, the defending European champions will have to wait to confirm their place at next year’s edition. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace kept Serbia’s hopes alive as they beat Luxembourg 3-2. Portugal are second with 14 points, one ahead of Serbia, and will qualify if they win in Luxembourg on Sunday. The Group B leaders, Ukraine, have already made the finals.In Group A, the Czech Republic joined England in qualifying for Euro 2020 from Group A by coming from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1. Elsewhere, France and Turkey made it to the Euro 2020 finals after the world champions came from behind to win 2-1 against Moldova. Turkey played a scoreless draw with Iceland finishing second in Group H. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

 Everton Wait on Man Utd to meet £90m Lukaku Demands

first_imgBut Sky Sports News HQ understands Lukaku does not have permission to be away from Everton’s training base at Finch Farm, and was supposed to report back for pre-season training on Thursday.Lukaku’s future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract offer back in March and said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.The 24-year-old has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.United had been in talks with Real Madrid over a possible deal for Alvaro Morata and saw a number of offers rejected, but Sky Sports News HQ understands their interest in bringing the Spain international to Old Trafford has now come to an end.There are also negotiations ongoing between the two north-west clubs over Wayne Rooney’s potential return to Merseyside, with a willingness on all sides to get the deal done, according to Sky sources.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Everton are waiting on Manchester United to meet their total demands over the sale of Romelu Lukaku, which could amount to £90m, according to Sky sources.United are confident of landing the Belgium striker and have agreed an initial fee of £75m, but the Toffees want a number of add-ons that will take the total price even further.Lukaku is currently in Los Angeles, where he has been training with United midfielder Paul Pogba and is expected to undergo a medical with his potential new club ahead of their US tour.last_img read more