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'You can always bounce back': Anthony Joshua insists lessons learned as an amateur still serve him well as a professional ahead of Andy Ruiz Jr heavyweight title rematch Anthony Joshua will face Andy Ruiz Jr in heavyweight title rematch on Saturday The British fighter came through the amateur ranks before going professional Joshua bounced back from a drugs conviction in 2011 to win world titles 

By Mark Staniforth, Press Association

Published: 22:25 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 07:27 GMT, 3 December 2019

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Anthony Joshua has revealed how his boxing career almost went up in smoke following a drugs conviction in 2011 - and how a subsequent painful loss rekindled his passion for the sport.

Joshua is completing preparations for the so-called 'Clash on the Dunes' in Diriyah as he looks to regain the world heavyweight titles and reverse his stunning loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June.

The 30-year-old was initially kicked off the Great Britain squad after admitting possession of cannabis - then suffered a stoppage defeat to Mihai Nistor at the European Championships within weeks of being invited back.

Anthony Joshua has revealed how he came back form a drugs conviction to achieve glory

Anthony Joshua has revealed how he came back form a drugs conviction to achieve glory

Joshua told the PA news agency: 'After I got kicked off the GB squad I went back to Watford and started smoking again and tried to forget all about boxing. I thought - and I could use different language - "This is nonsense".

'Then two weeks

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