Anthony Joshua said his loss to Andy Ruiz of Mexico had made him a smarter fighter. Joshua attributed his defeat in the hands of Andy Ruiz to lack of experience and has vowed to reclaim his heavyweight title belt back that he lost to Ruiz earlier this year.
Andy Ruiz, who is of Mexican –American heritage, produced his finest performance and one of the biggest heavyweight upset of all time by defeating Joshua. He came back from a knockdown in round three to knock down Anthony Joshua 4 times before the bout was eventually halted in the 7 th round.
Joshua, whose real name is Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, was born in Watford England, but his Mother is Nigerian while his father is of Nigeria and Irish ancestry. He was the former unified heavyweight world champion, having held the IBF, WBA (Super), WBO, and IBO world titles from 2016 till 2019. Anthony Joshua has represented his birth country England at different boxing competitions, including the 2012 Olympic, where he won a gold medal. He briefly spent some time in Nigeria but returned to the UK after the divorce of his parents when he was 12.
Losing Was An Eye-Opener For Joshua
In a recent interview with the BBC, Joshua stated that his defeat to Ruiz was not as a result of camp burn out but due to inexperience. He was still finding the experience even though the stakes were high in the boxing bout. He continued by saying that now he understands what it means to lose for the first time in his professional career, and he knows what he has to do to bounce back. He told BBC that Andy Ruiz is a fine boxer but should not beat me twice.
Ruiz was a late replacement after the initial opponent Jarrell Miller tested positive to a banned substance. The first fight was held in New York’s Madison Square Garden (MGM) popularly known as the Mecca of Boxing. In the bout, Joshua knocked down Andy Ruiz for the first time in the challenger’s career; however, Ruiz was able to beat the count and scored a knockdown of his own in the same round. After knocking down Anthony Joshua two more times in the 7 th round, the referee was compelled to wave off the fight. A rematch is scheduled to take place on
the 7 th of December in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua hopes to win back his titles.