‘Many of my industry friends … were ready to stab me in the back’: Anthony Joshua responds to controversy after his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr last year and reveals that he will explain his problems overnight ”
- Anthony Joshua suffered the first loss of his career against Andy Ruiz Jr
- AJ was shot down four times before the fight ended in June 2019
- He has now revealed that some people in boxing were ready to ‘stab him in the back’
- He also spoke in detail about his rematch victory in Saudi Arabia in December
Anthony Joshua believes some people in boxing were ‘ready to stab me in the back’ after his defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019.
The Briton suffered the first loss of his career after being knocked down four times by the little-known Mexican Ruiz during his US debut in New York, before the referee stopped the fight in round seven.
Joshua, however, carried out his revenge in Saudi Arabia with a decisive points second chance win in December, revealing his satisfaction with that triumph, as well as some boxers’ reaction to his only defeat.
Anthony Joshua has revealed some boxing friends’ reaction to his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr
The British heavyweight was stunned in New York last year and was shot four times
It was the first defeat of Joshua’s career, with the Mexican claiming his world titles
“I had my own problems, which I said I would explain one day. So I took my loss as a man, “Joshua told DAZN.
“But what I found was that many of my industry friends who smiled in my face were ready to stab me in the back when I took my loss.
‘[The rematch] went even better. It was a one-sided fight. A classic take on the sweet science of hit and don’t get hit. Grab the belt with ease and get back in the gravy. ‘
The referee eventually waved off the fight, but Joshua would retaliate in December
AJ was supreme in the second chance in Saudi Arabia and won with a unanimous points decision
Joshua has become known throughout his career as a knockout specialist, but he changed tactics against Ruiz in the desert, cleverly focusing on quick moves and hands instead of devastating punch.
“Andy couldn’t keep up, couldn’t move his feet, couldn’t throw his hands fast enough to keep up with me,” Joshua continued.
Joshua was smarter and faster in the second fight and now has his eyes on unification
“I think I would have won 11 of the 12 rounds if I was generous. I have made history. ‘
Ruiz has called for a third fight between the pair, but Joshua has set his sights on the undisputed heavyweight king with an all-British unitary fight against Tyson Fury.
But first, he must defeat Kubrat Pulev, who he would meet at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June before the fight was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.