Anthony Joshua is now claiming that a “lucky punch” was the reason for his dramatic loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in June. Joshua, aiming to impress fans in New York, dropped Ruiz in the third before walking on to a left hook from which he never really recovered. Fans inside Madison Square Garden were still reeling from the shock by the time the then-WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion was rescued in the seventh.
With the rematch supposedly set for December 7 in the controversial setting of Saudi Arabia (though Ruiz is yet to confirm his part in it), Joshua was interviewed by Sky Sports as the promotional drive to sell the return – set for Sky Sports Box Office – begins.
Speaking on AJ: The Untold Truth, Joshua said “By a lucky punch. By a punch sent by the gods.”
The term ‘lucky punch’ irks many fans, fighters and industry insiders. After all, to throw a punch inside a boxing ring that lands exactly where it was supposed to land is a great skill, one garnered from many years of learning the art of boxing. Simply, Ruiz saw an opening and capitalised on it. Not so much lucky, but perfect. It changed the fight and the whole heavyweight division.