Eddie Hearn responds to rumour Anthony Joshua was hurt in sparring

Eddie Hearn has rubbished rumours Anthony Joshua has been hurt in sparring this week and claimed: "he's good to go".

The British heavyweight has been preparing for his heavyweight showdown with Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Rumours circulated on Monday after reports from World Boxing News suggested Joshua had been injured in camp.

Similar rumours dogged Joshua's last bout with Ruiz Jr in June after the same outlet claimed he was dropped by sparring partner Joey Dawejko.

But promoter Hearn was quick to play down the rumours, telling Behind The Gloves : "It's not even worth answering, but the truth is he's had a great camp.

"He's much more focused than last time, he's sparred really well."

"The difference in this camp is his sparring has been world, world class. He has had top, top guys – Andrew Tabiti, Tyrone Spong, Bryant Jennings, [Dereck] Chisora. Top sparring, who have consistently put pressure on him.

"He hasn't been hurt, hasn't been ill, hasn't been injured. He's good to go."

Joshua suffered the first defeat of his career to Ruiz Jr back in June, after the Mexican knocked him down four times, before the bout was stopped in the seventh round.

It was claimed in the lead-up to that fight that Dawecko had rocked the Brit in training, affecting Joshua's performance on the night.

But Hearn reinforced his comments regarding the success of Joshua's camp, admitting his fighter is in perfect shape.

He added: "If he loses, I'd like to have an excuse, but no, all pressure on Saturday to perform."

Joshua has been advised to adopt a more cautious approach for Saturday's rematch – but Ruiz Jr is confident he can deal with whichever game plan his opponent throws at him.

"I'm expecting that," he said. "But if he wants to bang, it's better for me. I love to bang because that's the fighter that I am. We have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality.

"We've got to see where he's at because all the pressure is on him.

"The pressure isn't on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true. Of course I want more though – I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.

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