'I've been in more s**t than this' Anthony Joshua insists he WILL be back after shock loss
03 June 2019 14:08
Anthony Joshua was dethroned by Ruiz Jr in spectacular fashion early on Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden in New York.The Brit’s American debut ended in the seventh round when referee Mike Griffin waved off the contest after Joshua was dropped for the fourth time.Defeat to Ruiz, who had six weeks notice to prepare for the bout and was a 30-1 underdog, saw Joshua relinquish the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO titles.The question now on many boxing fans lips is: How will Joshua deal with the first major setback of his professional career?
‘AJ’ is confident he has what it takes to bounce back from his crushing defeat, citing the trials and tribulations he went through as a youngster as a testament to that fact.“I come from a good family,” said the Watford native, who once spent two weeks on remand for cannabis possession and six months in a Nigerian boarding school. “Where I was as a lad, I’ve been in more s**t than this. I’ve dealt with some big losses and bounced back.“Life is a journey and if I was to look back at my setbacks back then, and I had stopped what I was doing, I’d have been f****d.“But I didn’t do that. I kept my head strong. I walked like a champion and bounced back. I feel this is just part of the journey I’m on. This is boxing.
“It’s a test, but it’s not the ultimate test because there are going to be plenty more. I’ll address the situation and move forward.”Joshua’s road to redemption began shortly after his humiliating defeat to Mexico’s first heavyweight champion when he bravely faced the media.And much like British boxing legend Lennox Lewis did after his crushing losses to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, Joshua has insisted he won’t let his maiden loss break him.“I won’t let this moment define me,” said Joshua. “There’s still a lot I can do. I’ve got the rematch.
“But there’s more I need to focus on. Losing is not something we like, but it’s something we can learn from, tighten up and get smarter.“I’ve got to keep looking forward.”Questions have been asked over Joshua’s motivation ahead of his unsuccessful American coming out party, with Ruiz believing the 29-year-old underestimated him and that he had one eye on a unification bout with WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder.Joshua insists that’s not the case, saying: “No, I wasn’t distracted.
"Naturally, people are going to talk about Dillian Whyte, Wilder and Tyson Fury.“So rather than block it out, I’m all ears to it. It would be rude of me not to give you an answer. That’s how it is.“Rather than try and block out the fact there’s other competition out there, I keep my eyes on the prize and these are the guys I still want to compete with.“We’re talking like it’s the end of my career. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned.”