News | Jun 03 2019

Joshua pledges to ‘beat up’ Ruiz in rematch

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua lost his world titles in a stunning upset in New York
Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua struggles to recover himself Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ANTHONY JOSHUA has targeted an immediate rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr after losing his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in a shock defeat at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

On the occasion of his US debut and despite being the significant favourite against an opponent who had been given little more than a month’s notice and had lost his only previous world title fight, Joshua suffered four knockdowns in what became a one-sided upset.

He was eventually rescued in the seventh round by referee Mike Griffin when, after returning to his feet for the fourth time — the two knockdowns in the seventh followed two similarly hurtful ones in the third, which came after Ruiz Jr’s only knockdown — he was no longer able to defend himself.