Anthony Joshua is not that good. Not as bad as Jeffrey Barnard. Although the notorious Soho rook had a whale of the time on his way out.
It was no pleasure for Joshua to be beaten here in a comatose state. The next day he did not enjoy much of the laughter because he lost the pain by losing his mind on his ill-fated American debut and his heavyweight world championships for Andy Ruiz Jnr.
He passed the brain scan in his dressing room at Madison Square Garden, but apparently he was advised to rest in his rented home for 48 hours and then consider flying home as soon as he felt capable of taking a scheduled 10-day break to take in America.
Anthony Joshua has canceled plans to stay in America for 10 days to fly back home
There were no walks in Central Park, the sunny Sunday morning after the Saturday night disaster.
Boxing is a brutal undertaking. The warnings are not wisely ignored. Nor can its damage be said to have been corrected by some acetaminophen.
That brings us to the ironic consideration that Joshua might have been saved from an even more frightening fate by the monster cover with which Ruiz has anointed himself as Mexico & # 39; s first world heavyweight champion.
The mistreatment that Joshua had sustained by losing his precious collection of belts was brutal enough with the four knockdowns he had sustained, followed by worrying disorientation.
Joshua suffered four knockdowns when he was brutally knocked down by Andy Ruiz Jnr
But his popping defeat at the surprisingly fast hands of the man who is also the chubbiest of heavyweight champions, pushed the prospect of a title unification clash with Deontay Wilder deeper and deeper to the back of AJ & # 39; s board.
For now, at least, and thank goodness for that.
The chilling idea is that Wilder's power is so much more explosive than that of Ruiz that a blow from the phenomenal right of the American is enough to separate every opponent from his senses. Maybe permanent.
Tyson Fury delayed immediate acceptance of the resit with Wilder, now signed for 2020, after saying his knockdown and resurrection at the height of their December draw: & # 39; I thought I had brain damage. & # 39;
Clear evidence of this epic Saturday night at Madison Square Garden provided confirmation of suspicions about the vulnerability of Joshua's chin.
Joshua was stopped in the seventh when Ruiz Mexico & # 39; s first heavyweight world champion
That is seen in some circles as the explanation for Team Joshua's reluctance to agree with Wilder a while ago.
If so, who can really blame them? Knowing when to stoop is an essential aspect of price fighting and if their husband can be reduced to confused rubble by Ruiz, heaven knows what a permanent downfall the bronze bomber could inflict on him.
The danger of Joshua being exposed to such a penalty diminished somewhat last week when Wilder rained during his parade in New York by announcing that the rematches with Luis Ortiz and Fury will be his next fight.
Now, given the wildly changed landscape of heavyweight boxing, Wilder has descended so far from the agenda against Joshua.
Joshua pursued a fight with Deontay Wilder, who knocks much harder than Ruiz
Before it even qualifies, Wilder must avoid a similar calamity against Ortiz as against Fury. Furthermore, Joshua must come up with a way to reverse the impact of a Viva Zapatan Mexican. Now that Ruiz is inspired to eliminate junk food and candy bars, this is by no means certain, although that fight will take place sooner at home in Cardiff, in November, than in Las Vegas.
Joshua is an upstanding man who, at 29, wants to return desperately. But it is unclear exactly how far he can travel back from that dark place where he found himself wandering and getting lost in the early hours of this Sunday morning.
Staggering the abyss of his Manhattan skyscraper, he fell down in the pounding hands and beat the heart of the round and reckless warrior who was about to become the first heavyweight world champion in Mexico, and asked his corner people how it was.
When the referee doubted whether he could continue after his fourth knockdown, he dropped not only his arms but also his chewing gum shield and asked: & # 39; Why do I feel that way? & # 39;
Tyson Fury said he thought he had & # 39; brain damage & # 39; after he was crushed by Wilder during the draw
When he was instructed to walk forward to prove that he could continue, he stood inert and empty.
Such discombobulation is far from unique in prize fighting, but the hours Joshua took before he came out to tackle the media music concerned a man who never shirked a challenge.
This is a British hero. This is one of the good ones. This is a human being that I will, for one of many, wish to give a long and happy family life.
Another night like this Saturday on Broadway can cause untold havoc. The commercial people who have made their fortune from his talent and courage owe him a duty of care.
It is unclear whether Joshua will be able to return from the dark place that Ruiz has sent him
Katie Taylor participated in a wonderful advertisement for women's boxing in her fight for the undisputed lightweight supremacy over Joshua's undercard, but her win over Delfine Persoon was clouded by the judging.
When she was told that most observers had clearly let her lose instead of marginally winning, she immediately and generously offered a rematch to the Belgian heroine. That will also be worth watching.
Callum Smith's first, late defense of his world super-middleweight title was a routine affair. But he did what he had to do by stopping the smaller and older Hassan N & Dam to continue his claims for a super fight against Canelo Alvarez if the negotiations of the Mexican idol for a trilogate fight with Gennady Golovkin failed in September. .
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