Anthony Joshua insists he does not need any psychological help ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz because he has ‘not become a p***y overnight’.
Joshua was lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles by late stand-in, Ruiz, at New York’s Madison Square Garden on 1 June in one of the biggest heavyweight upsets of all time.
He will get his chance for revenge on 7 December in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and has been locked away in his usual Sheffield training camp devising a game plan with which to despatch Ruiz.
However, the London 2012 Olympic champion has revealed that his preparation has not included any form of psychological support because his champion’s mindset remains despite a lack of belts.
“We haven’t done anything differently mentally,” he said. “I am a champion.
“I walked into the gym in 2008 and three years later I was Olympic champion. I have had one loss but I am not about to become a p***y overnight and not be able to fight.
“I can fight, that is it, I don’t need to reflect on that, I just need to win.
“One loss can’t strip your skin off overnight, when you put your solid foundations in, one chip in the brick can’t destroy the whole building.”
Instead Joshua has invested heavily in recruiting the best sparring partners to recreate 6ft 2in Ruiz’s size and style. Heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Tim Motten have both done numerous rounds with the former world champion while cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti has also provided hand speed comparable to Ruiz’s.