NOBODY spares a thought for Mahammadrasul Majidov. For almost eight years the man from Azerbaijan had proudly carried the accolade of being the last man to beat Anthony Joshua. Until that is Andy Ruiz bowled into Madison Square Garden in June and rumbled into the former unified champion to seize the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles.
Majidov and Joshua crossed paths all the way back in October 2011, long before the Watford man was the celebrated Olympic and world champion he became. The two boxed in the final of the amateur World championships in Baku, Majidov’s home town.
Recalling the encounter in later years, Majidov told me cheerily, “I remember it was a good fight. Not too many points, good, good.”