Do not weep for Anthony Joshua, as the former unified world heavyweight champion feels his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1st will make him better as a fighter.
“I took my first (professional) 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,” Joshua said in a VLOG.
“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,” Joshua continued. “They’ve really developed me as a person which is really important. These guys have been with me for years.”
“There was no contaminated food. I know there’s a lot of accusations or worries about what was wrong with me,” Joshua added about potential health issues prior to the fight, including an alleged concussion.
“I’m the one who went in there to perform and my performance didn’t go to plan. I’m the one who has to adjust, analyze and 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 has to defend them against myself.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene