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Anthony Joshua is on dangerous ground

The lessons of heavyweight history tell Matt Christie that Anthony Joshua has got a mountain to climb in the rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr
Anthony Joshua
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ANTHONY JOSHUA’S decision to go straight into a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr is a brave one, particularly considering the nature of his humbling defeat in their first fight in June. After all, it was not a one-punch knockout that can be written off as a fluke, nor was it a close decision that could have gone either way. There was not a shred of controversy or doubt about Ruiz’s superiority at the fight’s end. It was a punishing seven-round beatdown that dug up all of the previously undefeated superstar’s shortcomings and showcased them to the world.

In that regard, and irrespective of the numerous conspiracy theories that ran amok in the aftermath, the odds – at least in the books of heavyweight history – are very much against Joshua gaining revenge in an immediate return.

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