Anthony Joshua suffers nasty black eye in build-up to Andy Ruiz fight amid concerns Brit star was hurt in sparring

ANTHONY JOSHUA is sporting a shiner just days before he makes his American boxing debut.

But the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight world champ insists his black eye is nothing to worry about ahead of his scrap against Andy Ruiz Jr.

The 29-year-old was marked up around the left eye, which he claimed was from his PHYSIO and not from a battering in sparring.

Speaking to Seconds Out, AJ, who has been training in Miami, said: "That was just physio stuff really.

"No-one really does that to me in sparring and stuff like that.

"So that was just more physio stuff – like rehabilitation, recovery."

While his own "injuries" seem to be the talking points currently, Joshua has attempted to deflect away from this by emphasising what he wants to do to his opponent at the weekend.

The champ vowed to break Andy Ruiz Jr’s jaw after his challenger called him a “robot”.

Joshua, 29, told Boxing News: “I heard him say that! I’m going to smack him up now!

“It’s like in the [Alexander] Povetkin fight [in September last year]. When he hit me, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to f*** you up now.’ Because he didn’t speak English, he didn’t trash-talk too much before the fight, so I respected him. But when you’re in there, you take the fight as it comes.”

If Ruiz wants to go down that route of talking sh** too, then I’m gonna want to break his jaw and hurt him really bad

And AJ has issued a warning about what will happen to the Mexican, who is a replacement for Jarrell Miller, if he continues to run his mouth ahead of his big US pay-per-view bow.

“Miller was going to get peppered – straight up. If Ruiz wants to go down that route of talking sh** too, then I’m gonna want to break his jaw and hurt him really bad.

“But if he wants a good boxing match and he gets hit with a shot he didn’t see, and we shake hands after, then it’s best not to say anything.”

Joshua added: “Like [Wladimir] Klitschko and Povetkin, I come from that amateur background where you fight the best and respect the best.

“Miller comes more from that gritty gym background where it’s all trash talk. You’ve got to talk and talk.

"In amateur boxing, it doesn’t really matter what you say. The medals, the accolades, the fights show what you’re about.

“Look at [Vasyl] Lomachenko. He doesn’t have to say too much. You just respect him as a fighter and that’s the background I was introduced to. I like that.

“And Klitschko was the same – an Olympian. Povetkin is the same, too. I’m more down that route and those are the kind of fighters I respect.”

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