ANTHONY JOSHUA was on the tip of one of many largest shocks in boxing historical past when he was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr final evening.
The defeat noticed him lose his heavyweight world titles towards a person who was a 25/1 shot to triumph at Madison Sq. Backyard.
It’s doubtless AJ will get an opportunity to reclaim the titles with a rematch signed in as a part of the battle deal.
However that is if one of many organisations would not become involved and demand Ruiz fights one in all their mandatories.
However as nicely all know, cash talks, and Joshua may get a shot at redemption with a rematch in November or December this yr.
Right here, SunSport takes a have a look at eight explanation why Joshua misplaced on his US debut.
Regardless of insisting he had educated tougher than ever for what seemed like probably the most routine of title defences, it did not appear like that within the ring.
Admittedly Ruiz was a stand-in after Jarrell Miller was banned for failing a medicine check, however Joshua seemed uncomfortable from the off towards the smaller man.
The champ had even allowed Ruiz to “maintain” his belts on the weigh-in – it seemed as if a “fan boy” was getting a selfie to recollect perpetually.
Even within the week of the battle, the Brit had been speaking of attempting to nail down Deontay Wilder for a unification blockbuster.
However now it is Ruiz who can be eyeing that chance.
Too many sure males round him
Solely hours after his crushing defeat to Ruiz, Joshua uploaded a photograph to Instagram of him surrounded by round 20 of his family and friends.
He captioned it: “The imaginative and prescient stays the identical! Thanks to everybody who travelled, MSG was energetic!”
There is no drawback with any individual being common, however AJ is extra of a king exterior the ring than he’s in it.
Do any of his crew pull up Joshua if he cuts a nook on coaching or his weight loss program? Can he actually do no improper?
Dangerous nook teaching
The messages from his coach Robert McCracken and the opposite cornermen had been complicated to say the least.
It was even picked up by former boxer and Sky Sports activities pundit Paulie Malignaggi, who identified the blended messages on how AJ ought to battle Ruiz.
And Joshua was clearly struggling when going again to his stool, even asking what photographs he wanted to attempt to land. However the response was complicated.
Jarrell Miller disruption
Joshua’s US debut was thrown into disarray when unique opponent Miller failed a medicine check and was promptly banned for six months.
With the likes of Luis Ortiz, Michael Hunter and Dillian Whyte bandied round as replacements, promoter Eddie Hearn plumped for Andy Ruiz.
It meant AJ had a five-week plan to give attention to a distinct opponent, one which had sooner palms than the unique opponent. And clearly somebody who will not have even appeared on his radar earlier than.
And that was apparent all through the seven rounds within the Madison Sq. Backyard ring.
Shock ‘n jaw
The Brit was floored 4 instances on his technique to struggling his first professional defeat, towards a 19st little-known Mexican.
Regardless of him having 21 KOs from his earlier 32 fights, Ruiz wasn’t thought to be a monster puncher and also you’d battle to know lots of his defeated opponents.
However was it REALLY a shock Joshua was rocked so dangerous?
Solely the ropes saved him from the canvas in his eventual KO win towards Dillian Whyte, and the identical might be stated for when Alexander Povetkin slung some whoppers at him.
And he was floored by a 42-year-old Wladimir Klitschko within the sixth spherical of their 2017 scrap.
Out of consolation zone
He would possibly appear like probably the most chilled boxer on the earth, however there are some things which will recommend AJ was feeling the strain.
The primary is for the straightforward proven fact that he was making his US debut on the mecca of boxing, Madison Sq. Backyard.
Whereas most in there may have been supporting the Brit towards his Mexican opponent, they can even have been anticipating him to placed on a present.
Secondly, AJ has solely actually engaged in actual trash-talking with previous foe Dillian Whyte, following their spiky relationship from the beginner circuit.
However days earlier than the Ruiz scrap, Joshua revealed to the press that he needed to “break his jaw”.
Sadly the one factor that was damaged was AJ’s undefeated document.
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Drake Curse strikes again
What started as a bit of fun continues to rumble on.
Salt was rubbed into the wounds after Joshua claimed he would “break the curse” – with sporting stars suffering defeat after posing for photos with Drake.
AJ’s somewhat cocky post on March 21, captioning a photo with the rap star in the gym, said: “Bout to break the curse #June1st”
But it came back to bite him as Ruiz inflicted one of the greatest shocks in boxing history on the Brit.
Joshua’s ring rust
The 29-year-old had not boxed since September and looked short of fitness when he was under pressure.
And promoter Eddie Hearn admitted he probably had not fought enough in recent years to be ring-ready.
After a busy start to his career, Joshua boxed just twice in 2018 and again in 2017 and Hearn saw the rust in the Madison Square Garden ring.
He said: “I did think that sitting there tonight. It’s difficult to jump in after eight months.
“He was supposed to box in April originally and then this opportunity presented itself.
“It’s easy to ask now if going Miami for a five-week camp affected him, you could look at so many things.”