World heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has expressed appreciation to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, for psyching him up to reclaim his titles.

Anthony Joshua insists Andy Ruiz Jr isn’t the hardest puncher he’s faced, despite the Mexican-American handing him his first career defeat last year.

Ruiz floored the Brit superstar four times and stopped him, however AJ insists Wladimir Klitschko hit him harder when he dropped him in their 2017 battle.

When asked the question on the Pound For Pound Podcast, Joshua hesitated and then replied: “Who’s hit me the hardest? Yeah, Klitschko.

“I was gonna say Ruiz, but when he hit me that was like a concussion on the back of my head.

“When I went in with Klitschko, yeah, I just knew this could go two ways.

“I could either win or I’m gonna be laid out on my back. You know when you get carried out on a stretcher?”

AJ eventually stopped Klitschko in round eleven after a hectic couple of middle rounds in which he exchanged knockdowns with the legendary champion.

Joshua put the Ukrainian down in the fifth before being flattened by a cataclysmic right hand three minutes later.

Referencing that famous punch, he continued: “It was the 15 that came after that as well.

“This guy’s a beast, he’s a beast.”

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