Anthony Joshua Weighs In on the Andy Ruiz Jr. Loss After Losing to Oleksandr Usyk

Published 10/27/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua took on Oleksandr Usyk in a jam-packed Tottenham Hotspur stadium last month. This fight was one of the biggest tests for the Briton. He failed miserably as Usyk employed his technical brilliance to claim a stunning win via a unanimous decision.

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In what was his second pro-boxing loss, ‘AJ’ lost his hard-earned heavyweight straps. Subsequently, he triggered his rematch clause.

Joshua was in a similar situation a couple of years back when he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. via a T/KO. However, the Brit regained his spot with a win in the rematch.

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Recently, ‘AJ’, who was in a chat with iFL TV, shed some light on what he went through after his loss to ‘Destroyer’.

He said, “Ruiz, for me, like change of opponent last minute. He had just come off of beating Alexandra (Alexander Dimitrenko).”

“Whatever excuse I could afford at the time. I could have come up with but I felt like I had reason, but I handled it myself. Every day I woke up, I looked myself in the f**king mirror and I look at myself and I think this is where I f**ked up, should have f**king known this. And this is where I got to get it right.”

In his rematch with Ruiz Jr., Joshua walked in with a purpose, and he truly executed everything that he planned.

Is Anthony Joshua capable of beating Oleksandr Usyk?

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Joshua, with his exemplary power, can knock anyone out cold. But in order to beat Usyk, he will have to improve his movements, punching variations, and work on his stamina.

 

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In the Ruiz Jr. rematch, Joshua adopted the strategy of hitting and not getting hit in return. As ‘The Cat’ landed jabs at will on September 25, Joshua will have to come up with a strategy to be more agile and not get hit in the rematch.

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The Brit is unquestionably capable of beating ‘The Cat’. That being said, he will have to put in a tremendous amount of hard work to turn the tables on the Ukrainian.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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