& # 39; It was almost a relief … it's kind of like the pressure drops & # 39 ;: Eddie Hearn insists that Anthony Joshua has lifted his loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr with his weight on podcast with the mayor of London , Sadiq Khan
- Eddie Hearn has barred Anthony Joshua & # 39; s defeat of Andy Ruiz Jnr & # 39; was a relief & # 39;
- Joshua suffered the first defeat of his professional career in New York on June 1
- He lost the IBF, WBO and WBA titles for the Mexican, but Hearn says it's a blessing
- The promoter believes that Joshua can now go outside and fight without expectation
Eddie Hearn has barred Anthony Joshua & # 39; s defeat of Andy Ruiz Jnr & # 39; was a relief & # 39; for his client because he has relieved the pressure of the former heavyweight champion.
Joshua suffered the first defeat of his professional career in New York on June 1 when he was dropped four times by his Mexican opponent and the referee stepped in during the seventh round.
He lost the IBF, WBO and WBA titles to Ruiz Jnr on that fateful evening and the couple is expected to play toe-to-toe in a second chance by the end of the year.
Eddie Hearn has barred Anthony Joshua & # 39; s defeat of Andy Ruiz Jnr & # 39; was like a relief & # 39;
Joshua suffered the first defeat of his career when he was defeated by Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York
With the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, on BBC Radio 5 Live & # 39; No Passion, No Point & # 39; podcast, Hearn claimed that ultimately, long-term losses can be useful to his client.
He said: & # 39; Anthony has this enormous pressure on his shoulders all the time.
& # 39; He is the first mega-star of boxing in this country and it was almost a relief for him.
& # 39; He will never admit that, but the fact that I am now the challenger, I am not this champion who has four belts and everyone expects me to win all the time …. It seems like the pressure is falling away . & # 39;
Joshua grew up in Watford, just 15 miles from central London, and has staged most of his spectacular battles in the city.
Hearn spoke with London Mayor Sadiq Khan on BBC Radio 5 Live & No 39, No Point & No 39;
Khan, who has been mayor of London since 2016, praised Joshua for turning both his life and his attitude into both victory and loss.
He added: & # 39; The story of Anthony Joshua about how his life was transformed by boxing. A good judge was clearly wise in giving Anthony a second chance and he is a fantastic example.
& # 39; I'm only saying to people who aren't aware of boxing and watching two of AJ & # 39; s speeches after the game. One after Klitschko, his magnanimity but second after his defeat in Madison Square Garden.
& # 39; It not only shows the class of the man, but also how we should all behave, whether or not in politics, whether it is about winning or losing a case or sport.
& # 39; We love Anthony and appreciate him in this city. The feeling of pride he gives us is enormous. & # 39;
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