Iconic Watford boxer Anthony Joshua was level-headed as ever after suffering a shock defeat at the hands of underdog opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua parted ways with his IBF, WBA and WBO titles on Sunday, June 2 at New York’s Madison Square Garden after the Mexican heavyweight floored him four times and beat him in seven exceptional rounds.
The former champion was adamant the monumental defeat was nothing more than a “minor setback”, and reportedly intends to enforce a rematch with Ruiz Jr in the UK.
In his post-match news conference, Joshua said: “This is part of the journey I’m on. (I’ll) make it better and we go again – we didn’t come this far to stop (and) fold under pressure. I feel we can definitely go a lot further. He’s champion for now, I shall return.”
“This is all part of the story and the journey.”
Joshua was as gracious in defeat as he is in victory – he said: “I train hard, I stay dedicated and I just got beat by a good fighter tonight. It will be interesting to see how far he goes, so good luck to him – but I’ve got to bounce back. Congratulations to the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion.”