Anthony Joshua reacts to his shocking upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Soon after being stopped by Ruiz in the seventh round of their unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight title bout, Joshua was interviewed on DAZN to get his thoughts on the fight. The fight saw Joshua get dropped a total of four times throughout the bout, twice in the third round and twice more in the seventh round.
This isn't the first time Joshua has been knocked down in a title fight as he was dropped by Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium back in 2017, but not even Klitschko had the level of success Ruiz had in landing big punch after big punch throughout the bout. When asked about the difference in the power in both Klitschko and Ruiz, Joshua simply said it was "all the same."
“It’s all the same. It just wasn’t my night. But listen, it is good for the TV. Good for DAZN and the people watching," Joshua said.
As for the stoppage itself, replays showed that the referee asked Joshua is he was able to keep on fighting after getting dropped a fourth time. Joshua said yes while resting up in the corner during the 10-count but the referee still deemed Joshua unfit to continue fighting. Reacting to the stoppage itself, Joshua said he didn't want to argue with the referee and wouldn't wallow too much in his title reign ending..
“I want to fight. I don’t do his job. I am never one of those fighters to disrespect a referee like he should have done this, or he should have done that. He called it off when he thought I couldn’t fight. It’s a shame. But I don’t want anyone to drown in their sorrows. It’s the long game, not the short game,” Joshua said.
Fightful had a live podcast after the fight ended dissecting Ruiz's historic upset win over Joshua as well as the rest of the main card which can be seen in the video below.