Boxing News At Five | Oct 15 2019

Boxing News at Five: Joshua spars “chubby” sparring partners ahead of Ruiz rematch, Valdez and Frampton get opponents for Vegas card

Anthony Joshua is currently working his way through a conveyor belt of Andy Ruiz Jnr clones, and Oscar Valdez and Carl Frampton share a card in Vegas
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Andy Ruiz has to adjust to being the heavyweight champion of the world Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

JUST as Andy Ruiz Jnr slims down and aims to get “lighter, faster and more powerful”, his December 7 opponent, Anthony Joshua, is in the midst of sparring “chubby” boxers attempting to replicate the Mexican American’s all-action style.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, believes that the longer preparation time will suit not only Ruiz, who plans on using it to tone up, but also Joshua, who was caught out by the switch of opponent last time and then caught early by a Ruiz left hook.

“There’s eight weeks to go, and he’s been in camp for four weeks already,” Hearn told Fino Boxing.