Anthony Joshua’s top rivals in the heavyweight division, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, have both responded to the Briton’s shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua met Ruiz last Saturday night at the illustrious Madison Square Garden in New York in a bid to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
The fight also put Joshua in much scrutiny as he attempted to make an impact in his first fight in the US soil.
All eyes were on the unified champ.
He was billed as the heavy favourite to win the bout against the late replacement, Ruiz, who stepped in for Jarrell Miller after testing positive to a banned substance.
Playing the spoiler role, the Mexican boxer turned to his power and poise to eke out one of the biggest upsets in the history of the heavyweight division.
Ruiz knocked down Joshua twice in the third round before putting the finishing touches in the seventh round to snatch the heavyweight titles.
Andy Ruiz Jr. made history last night, becoming the first Mexican heavyweight champion after defeating Anthony Joshua 💪 pic.twitter.com/ZlwpFpviLA
— ESPN (@espn) June 2, 2019
Just like the boxing community, Joshua did not also expect that he will be losing his title-defence against a late replacement.
He shared that he became too complacent that he did not even sign a rematch clause.
“It’s not expected,” the British boxer said, per The Guardian.
“Bookies said I was a favourite. One shot on the top of the dome rattled me a bit and I tried to stay in there a few more rounds. But the better man won.”
“Respect to Andy and I’ll move forward now.”
“I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause because I was so confident I was going to win.”
“If it’s there, we’ll go again and I’ll get the titles back. I’m going to beat him up.”
“I’m not dwelling on it. You just correct it, you adjust, you sit down, you focus and you go again.”
To every young man with 6 packs who thinks he has made it in this life, Anthony Joshua’s defeat is a life lesson !
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In the wake of Joshua’s shocking loss to Ruiz, two of his rivals gave their take on their rival’s setback.
Fury, who made a successful US debut last December, sent a warm message to Joshua, saying:
“We have our back and Forth’s but @anthonyjoshua changed his stars through life. heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
Meanwhile, the American champion, Wilder, chose to criticize Joshua, calling him a fake champion, who is avoiding to fight him.
“He wasn’t a true champion. His whole career was consisted of lies, contradictions and gifts. Facts and now we know who was running from who!!!! #TilThisDay”
How many likes for our champ? Mayweather drake Thor Wilder Deadpool Superman Ortiz Wolverine Thiem .. None can stop our love for him 💚💪🏾 #IstandwithAJ Anthony Joshua forever ✌️ pic.twitter.com/Kw94hCqfe2
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The reaction from Fury was a little bit surprising considering the trash talks they have been hurling to one another recently.
Joshua has previously claimed that both heavyweights were ducking him and called Fury and Wilder’s opponents ‘cab drivers and binmen.’
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury)