Saudi Arabia – Anthony Joshua unveiled a more athletic and less musclebound physique before warning Andy Ruiz Jr that their rematch will be “a marathon not a sprint”.
Joshua’s hint at dragging his conqueror into the later rounds will be put to the test on Saturday with ring-walks from 8.30pm.
Former champion Joshua was unshaven with longer hair and looked noticeably slimmer during Tuesday’s public workout in Saudi Arabia, as the intensity of the week continues to build towards the world heavyweight title rematch.
Interestingly, Joshua will earn just under £50m for his appearance in Saudi Arabia, while Ruiz Jr will receive just over £10m for the second fight.
Joshua’s previous best payday was the £18m he earned in his first showdown against Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden last June.
Meanwhile, Joshua’s compatriot and stablemate, Dillian Whyte stated on Skysports website: “If it was me, I would have knocked the guy out – but [my brother] is more diplomatic than me!” @DillianWhyte