Wilder: The Pressure Made Joshua Quit Ruiz Fight
While Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua have confirmed a rematch will go down at the end of 2019, WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes Joshua wants nothing to do with Andy Ruiz Jr.
“I don’t think it’s gonna happen. Did you see what just happened? This man is mentally broken. He quit. Joshua quit in that ring. To a challenger,” Wilder told Talk Sport.
“That’s the most disappointing thing about it. Being a champion, being boosted up so much, and you go in there and quit, that’s a sign. When he spat that mouthpiece out for the first time, that’s a sign. The referee told him to come forward he stayed there. He put his hands on the ropes. The referee told him to come forward. He stayed. That’s another indication, ‘I don’t want to fight no more.’
“He gave up. He quit. Because of so much pressure,” Wilder continued on Joshua being TKO’ed by Ruiz jr on June 1st. “His promoters put so much pressure on him. He probably didn’t want that much pressure on him. He shouldn’t have had to think about what I done. It was a lot of pressure and people won’t understand that. I heard he was having a breakdown in the dressing room.”
“Hearn said the rematch is going to happen. Y’all think he’s going to take it. Anthony says he doesn’t know, he might take some time off. Two things are not the same. Until Joshua says he’s signing that contract and fighting, that’s when I’ll believe it. Until then, you shouldn’t hold your breath.”
Initial Report: Daily Mail