British fighter, Anthony Joshua has warned Mexican-American fighter, Andy Ruiz Jr that his first career defeat against him was due to a lack of experience.
According to Joshua, he has now become a â€œsmarterâ€ fighter ahead of their Decemberâ€™s rematch.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t burnout. The issues I faced in the last camp, itâ€™s just down to lack of experience,â€ Joshua told BBC.
â€œEven though it was at a high level, we were still finding experience.
â€œAndy Ruiz is good but I donâ€™t think he should beat me twice. I used to hear guys say you have to take a loss and I would think â€˜whyâ€™?
â€œNow I can understand it and know what it takes. I have more understanding now and my ears are open to new information so thatâ€™s making me smarter as a fighter.
â€œThe blessing is I have a second chance and here we are,â€ he said.
DAILY POST recalls that Ruiz stunned the boxing world when he knocked Joshua down four times before stopping him in the seventh round of their heavyweight world title fight in June.
Ruiz will put his three belts back on the line in the rematch when the rivals clash in the desert of Saudi Arabia on December 7.