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Anthony Joshua told to adopt Wladimir Klitschko tactic to knockout Andy Ruiz Jr

Anthony Joshua needs to go back to the boxing that saw him topple Wladimir Klitschko in his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, according to Amir Khan.

It is not long now until Joshua steps back into the ring with Ruiz, the Mexican who delivered his first professional defeat in a major upset at Madison Square Garden back in June.

After stepping in as a last-minute replacement for drug-shamed Jarrell Miller, Ruiz shocked the world by climbing off the canvas and dropping the unified heavyweight champion four times on his way to a stunning victory.

The pressure is now on Joshua to prove his New York slip-up was nothing more than a bad day at the office when he faces Ruiz for a second time in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

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And former world champion Khan has urged his fellow Brit to be smart and use his jab to better effect this time around.

“He can't really go in there throwing all the big shots and I think by him coming down in size, it's definitely going to make him box a little bit more,” he told Sky Sports.

“I know exactly what it's like when you have a lot of muscle, you want to stand there and trade but I don't think that's his style. His style is boxing – being smart.

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“I think what won him the Olympics was boxing, and I think what won him the world titles against [Wladimir] Klitschko and everyone else was boxing and being smart.

“He needs to go back to boxing. If he can be smart, use his jab, keeps it long, then I think the knockout will come.

“I think AJ will stop him – maybe between rounds five and seven if he sticks to his game plan. I'm sure he's going to be ready for this.”

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Ruiz, though, is adamant he will beat Joshua “even faster” if his heavyweight rival tries to outbox him at the Diriyah Arena.

“People haven't seen me cut off the ring,” he said.

“I actually break them down even faster when they try to box me around. We all have a plan until we get hit, like Mike Tyson would say. I'm pretty sure he will want to box me around.

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“One punch can change the fight. That's what happened on June 1.

“It might be a little harder than the first time. I've got to show my skills, my talent.”

Joshua has no doubts he will avenge his maiden pro defeat, insisting he wants fans to bow to his feet when his hand is raised aloft.

“I’m fighting the best man in the world now,” he told Sky Sports.

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“I’m going to whup him, and show how great I am.

“They think he's so great, so when I beat him I want everybody to bow to my feet and tell me how great I am.”

Joshua and Ruiz are expected to be in the ring at around midnight out in Saudi Arabia, which is 9pm over in the UK.

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