Anthony Joshua earns Wladimir Klitschko support ahead of Andy Ruiz rematch

Anthony Joshua has received the backing of Wladimir Klitschko ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz.

The British fighter is vying to win back the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles he lost to the Mexican in July.

Klitschko, who dominated the heavyweight division for years, but who Joshua knocked out in April 2017, hopes the 29-year-old gains revenge when the two clash in December.

He has labelled the heavyweight division as "exciting", but will be in Joshua's corner as he sets about regaining his belts.

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"The heavyweight division right now is mixed up with a lot of names and different characters,’ Klitschko told Seconds Out.

"I think it’s getting exciting. You looked kind of bored of the same name conquering the division for a decade, so you have different players.

"I believe this mixed names in the heavyweight division makes it appealing.

"I am definitely looking forward to the rematch, Andy Ruiz, as a champion, against Anthony Joshua.

"We know Anthony has lost, as anyone can lose, and now we’re going to watch how he is going to manage this challenge to become champion again.

"I could think anything but the reality is everyone can lose a fight. But not everyone can recover. It’s the next challenge and I really wish to Anthony that he’s going to make it.

"No disrespect to Andy Ruiz, I think he’s done an amazing job. "But I’ve always been a fan of Anthony since we fought, we’ve met, since actually I was watching him win an Olympic gold medal.

"To both the fighters – good luck, let the strongest win. I just really hope Anthony is going to make it."

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