The sold-out group in New York which was to a great extent in favour of Anthony Joshua were left staggered and quiet when the champion was knocked out in the seventh round of the last night’s bout by Andy Ruiz Jr..
Joshua, beforehand undefeated, was shielding his IBF, WBA and WBO titles however were knocked down multiple times before underdog Ruiz was granted a technichal knockout.
Responding after the match, Joshua stated, “huge regard to Andy, huge regard. He’s a decent warrior. Much thanks to you America. Much thanks to you everybody for turning out tonight. Sorry I let my companions down, sorry I let my fans down.”
He went on to say, “there’s no excuses. It’s my own fault. I got caught with a big shot. Congratulations to him. I would have preferred it to be Deontay Wilder, do you know what I mean? But it wasn’t. It was Andy Ruiz, and he deserves it, and the fame and fortune he’s about to receive.
“I don’t want anyone to kind of drown in their sorrows. This is boxing. It’s all the same. It just wasn’t my night. It was Andy Ruiz’s night. You know what? It’s good for the TV”.