Anthony Joshua to spar with Dereck Chisora as Brit heavyweights seek help for fights against Andy Ruiz Jr and David Price from boxers who mimic their next opponents' size and style

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  • Anthony Joshua and Derick Chisora are to spar with each other next week 
  • The shorter Chisora will prepare Joshua for his world heavyweight title rematch
  • Joshua will mimic the tall, jabbing, big punching David Price who Chisora faces 

Andy Ruiz Jr (right) lands a punch on Anthony Joshua during their title fight back in August

Andy Ruiz Jr (right) lands a punch on Anthony Joshua during their title fight back in August 

Ruiz knocks down Joshua during the third round of their heavyweight bout in New York

Ruiz knocks down Joshua during the third round of their heavyweight bout in New York

The pair promoting 'Clash on the Dunes' fight, set to take place in December in Saudi Arabia

The pair promoting ‘Clash on the Dunes’ fight, set to take place in December in Saudi Arabia

The rematch clash is due to take place in Diriya, Saudi Arabia at the end of this year

The rematch clash is due to take place in Diriya, Saudi Arabia at the end of this year

Andy Ruiz Jr celebrates winning the original fight with his team in Madison Square Garden

Andy Ruiz Jr celebrates winning the original fight with his team in Madison Square Garden

Anthony Joshua and Derick Chisora are to spar with each other next week in what they both regard as the ideal preparation for their forthcoming heavyweight spectaculars.

Rarely, if ever, do top boxers clash in sparring before their respective big fights.

But Chisora and Joshua see each other as the perfect trial horse for their imminent battles.

The shorter, all-action Chisora will prepare Joshua for his world heavyweight title rematch against the similarly built Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia on December 7.

Joshua will replicate the tall, jabbing, big punching David Price who Chisora faces at the O2 on Saturday October 26.

These are must-win fights for them both.

Chisora confirms the unusual arrangement, saying: ‘I am going to see SJ next week. He has asked me a couple of times but I have been too busy.

‘Now We will go straight into sparring. He is tall like Price and I am short like Ruiz.

‘I will be going in and out of his training camp in Sheffield.’ 

David Haye, the former world heavyweight champion now managing Chisora, says: ‘For both of their respective fights they are ideal sparring partners.

‘No-one could mimic Ruiz’s relentless come-forward presser like Derek will.

‘And if anyone can reproduce Price’s long-range jab and move style it’s AJ. ‘

 



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