Anthony Joshua calls in ‘ideal sparring partner’ Dereck Chisora to prepare for must-win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

ANTHONY JOSHUA has called in Derek Chisora to help him prepare for his must-win rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

AJ and Del go way back to their days in the Finchley ABC and have never come close to fighting each other for real.

Anthony Joshua calls in ‘ideal sparring partner’ Dereck Chisora to prepare for must-win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch Anthony Joshua has been prepping for his fight with Andy Ruiz Jr by sparring with old pal Dereck Chisora
Anthony Joshua calls in ‘ideal sparring partner’ Dereck Chisora to prepare for must-win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch AJ and Chisora have known each other for yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But 35-year-old Chisora has an October 26 clash with David Price booked and AJ rematches Ruiz on December 7.

So Del Boy has done a deal to travel up to Sheffield to do his best impression of the unified Mexican champion.

The powerhouse nicknamed ‘War’ revealed: “I am going to go and see AJ next week.

"He has asked me to spar a couple of times but I have been too busy lately but next week I will go and see him.

“We will go straight into sparring. He is tall like Price and I am short like Ruiz Jr."

Chisora’s manager David Haye believes the pair will be perfect dance partners in preparation for their big upcoming dates.

AJ, a long-range fighter at 6ft 6in, will be a good stand-in for the 6ft 8in Liverpool veteran.

And Chisora shares physically and fighting similarities with Ruiz, despite looking in far better shape than the shock 19st champ.

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