IT was almost inevitable. Anthony Joshua spends months getting himself fine-tuned and ready to conquer the biggest demon of his boxing career to date – that pesky human sandbag, Andy Ruiz Jr – and a boxing website picks the opportune moment to tell the world he’s in no position to do anything of the sort. There’s been problems in camp! Anthony Joshua reportedly TROUBLED by sparring partner…AGAIN, it screamed.
It was a curious headline, particularly as it hadn’t been reported anywhere until WBN reported it without a source to verify the story. It followed a similar tale from the first fight, that Joshua had been knocked out in training, which gathered pace alongside all manner of conspiracy theories when Anthony Joshua was stopped in seven stunning rounds by Ruiz in June.
What has been widely reported, for good reason it seems, is that Joshua has had an excellent training camp this time. Furthermore, given the intensity of sparring Joshua has demanded, it would not be a surprise to hear he’s been buzzed once or twice. Frankly, it would be a surprise if the opposite was true. Boxer Gets Punched In Sparring. You don’t say.