Feature | Dec 06 2019

Anthony Joshua admits the truth about the loss to Andy Ruiz Jr – ‘It got to the point where I didn’t give a f**k about the sweet science, I was just coming to fight’

Anthony Joshua says it would be 'catastrophic' if he lost to Andy Ruiz again in revealing and completely uncut interview
Anthony Joshua
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IT’S difficult to always say the right things when you’re as famous as Anthony Joshua. Whatever he says is all over Twitter and being psychoanalysed before he’s even had time to shut his mouth.

In his first big interview after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua mentioned that ‘it was a punch from the gods’ that beat him. Everyone jumped to the conclusion that he hadn’t truly accepted defeat, that he was merely writing it off as a fluke without truly investigating the cause of his downfall.

In truth, Joshua has done nothing but investigate where it all went wrong since the first defeat of his professional career. He was back in the gym within days of his return from New York, eager for education on how to improve. That education is set to culminate on Saturday night when he takes on Ruiz in a bout that he hopes will see him regain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles.

Anthony Joshua
FALLING APART: Anthony Joshua hits the mat [Action Images/Andrew Couldridge]

Joshua admits it would be “catastrophic” if he were to lose again and, as the interview below proves, he’s far from in denial about what went wrong in the first fight.


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