‘I Know That Wasn’t Me’ – Anthony Joshua Gives Honest Opinion on Andy Ruiz Jr. Loss

Published 03/10/2021, 11:00 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 01: Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the third round during their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Back in the 2019 summer, Anthony Joshua succumbed to a dreadful defeat against the Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr. It was his first loss in a decorated boxing stint. Moreover, it went down as the biggest upset in modern-day boxing, where one of the finest heavyweights went on his knees for the first time.

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Recently, ‘AJ’ was in a chat alongside JD Official. Here, he gave his honest take on the mighty Andy Ruiz Jr. fight and his sad boxing outing that night.

He said, “The first Ruiz fight, I know that wasn’t me. You can see in the ring walk and me standing in the ring, that wasn’t me.” (h/t Michael Benson)

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The Brit started off the fight well and traded a few punches with the ‘Destroyer’. The duo knocked each other down but yet gave a stern test to each other. However, ‘AJ’ fell prey to one of Ruiz Jr.‘s hit in round 7 and the referee preferred to stop the fight.

However, Joshua took that loss on his strides and responded firmly when the pair met for a rematch. The rematch went for a 12-round rally and the 31-year-old claimed a unanimous decision win.

Both these fights were not less than a roller coaster ride for Joshua. He employed the work of his life to snatch a victory from Ruiz Jr.

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Will there be a trilogy between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.?

Ever since that loss to ‘AJ’, Ruiz Jr. hasn’t stepped inside the squared circle. He’s inquisitive on settling his scores with the latter once for all in the trilogy. But Joshua has moved for the undisputed title clash with Tyson Fury, and he doesn’t seem to budge an inch from the same.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Moreover, the ‘Destroyer’ might get his hands on his rival Joshua only after the undisputed title clash.

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By then, Ruiz Jr. should pile on to the peak with a couple of wins and wait to get his chance towards a mighty trilogy.

The first two battles between them were the most enigmatic bouts. Hence, a trilogy promises to be even bigger than the previous contests.

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Will you be excited to watch a trilogy between the two?

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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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