By Mark Elezaj
The former unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has posted a video online talking about what transpired with Andy Ruiz Jr. last weekend, as well as addressing the rumors that have been circulating throughout the fight community.
In the video, Joshua only blamed himself for what happened last Saturday night and made it a point to let Ruiz know that he has about six months to hold onto those belts, before he comes to regain his titles.
You can watch the video here:
Joshua also says he will continue working with his trainer Rob McCracken despite the recent criticism he’s heard from everyone.
“A few days after the fight, I’ve had time to reflect, think about certain things” Joshua said.
“Losing isn’t in anyone’s nature, whether you’re playing chess, PlayStation, or competing at a high level in sport or in business.I took my first loss. How to explain that feeling? It has happened to me before but I feel like those times I lost years back have made me a stronger person,
“It hasn’t really changed me, my work ethic, my mindset, what I stand for, the people I’m still loyal to, my trainer Rob McCracken, my amateur coach at Finchley ABC. I’m still going to work with these guys, they’ll teach me everything I need to know.
“They’ve done a great job for me not only inside the boxing ring but mainly as a
human. They’ve really developed me as a person which is really important. These guys have been with me for years, my whole management team. And to my supporters as well, I’m not gonna change on you and act any different and change my ways. I’m still me, I’m still the same ol’ Anthony Joshua.”
Joshua made no excuses for his loss and has promised to win back the IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles.
“There was no contaminated food. I know there’s a lot of accusations or worries about what was wrong with me,” Joshua added.
“I warmed up really well. I had no panic attack, I’m not that type of person, you know me,
“I have to take my loss like a man, no blaming anyone, no blaming anything. I’m the one who went in there to perform and my performance didn’t go to plan.
“I have to readjust, analyse, do my best to correct it and get the job done in the rematch.”
“Boxing is a part of my life and I’m a champion at heart. Congratulations to Andy Ruiz, he has six months or so to be champion because the belts go in the air and he is going to have to defend those titles against myself,
“Within our contract we were negotiating we added some clauses, as you do, so naturally we added a rematch clause with a date and location. I would not mind if it was in New York again or in England. New York opened their arms to me and my whole team and it was phenomenal.”
Joshua recently met with his promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Rob McCracken in New York. Hearn confirmed that Joshua has exercised his option for a rematch against Ruiz and it will likely take place towards the end of the year.
A decision has not yet been made on where the fight will take place.
~ The Fighting Voice ~