Joshua gets brutally honest on loss to Ruiz
They say time heals all wounds. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. For Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21KOs), revenge helped him heal. Along with it came some hardcore self-honesty about the loss he suffered to former unified heavyweight champion Andy “The Destroyer” Ruiz (33-2, 22KOs) in June of 2019.
As the one year mark of that fateful, topsy-turvy night for the boxing world quickly approaches, the unified champion got brutally honest about what happened against Ruiz.
Joshua spoke to British GQ, going in depth on the loss to Ruiz.
“I got beat, I was shook. Everything you saw in that fight was what I was going through. It’s tough, it’s a hard game. I got beaten to a pulp and I had to kind of pull myself back together and that’s just how it went. And now, they’re going to see the rebirth of me. Because everyone writes me off in this boxing division, you know but I believe I’ll go down as this generation’s great. That’s what I’m destined to do.
So what I went through then, I got beaten up and I have to deal with it. You have to take it on the chin, that’s life and you have to keep on moving forward even when the whole world’s against you.”
Needless to say, Joshua rebounded by dominating Ruiz in their December 2019 rematch to regain his unified titles. With that loss behind him, he’s now back on track for even bigger fights. In particular, an undisputed clash with fellow Brit Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 23KOs) in 2021.
By: Jerrell Fletcher