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30th January 2023

Joshua Reveals He Had Health Issues Before First Fight With Ruiz

Joshua Reveals He Had Health Issues Before First Fight With Ruiz
Joshua Reveals He Had Health Issues Before First Fight With Ruiz

Two-time world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua has opened up about his first defeat to Andy Ruiz in June, saying he had health issues going into that fight. He said going into that fight with Ruiz in June, he felt so tired and drained.

Before now, there has been a lot of conspiracy theories and speculations as to the reasons behind his first knock-out by Andy Ruiz, as while some alleged that he was poisioned, others said the fight was fixed, with most giving credit to Ruiz for the shocker of the decade. But all that will be put to rest now, especially now that he has come out to clear the air on that.

According to the report by BBC, 30-year-old Anthony Joshua, after his victory on Saturday via a unanimous decision to reclaim his world titles from Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia after 12-rounds of boxing, opened up to 5 Live Boxing podcast about his health and defeat on first fight with Ruiz.

“I had some health issues which I was going through for a long time”, he said.

The Briton added: “I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained and thought it must be down to training.

“In the changing room before the fight I got a bucket of ice and was putting my head in it thinking ‘why do I feel so tired?’

“The responsibilities of being world champion are difficult. All that stuff, feeling so tired, dealing with obligations.

“Now I have energy, I haven’t missed a session.”

He added: “After my check-ups it showed what the problem was and this is what you have to get sorted.

“Even in this camp I had an operation done but as I’d started training in June I had no issues.”

The BBC report also added that Anthony Joshua refused to say what the operation was but it is understood the procedure he had was linked to the issue diagnosed after his defeat by Ruiz.

Joshua had hinted previously that he had something to reveal about what went on before his first career defeat and, after initial hesitation, provided at least some insight to the 5 Live Boxing podcast.

Theories aired in the interim had ranged form him having shown the effects of being concussed in sparring to having a seizure before the bout at Madison Square Garden.

He now says he feels “back” and “focused”.

The two-time world heavyweight champion also said he learned a valuable lesson not to accept opponents at short notice – Ruiz was drafted in six weeks before their fight after American Jarrell Miller failed three drug tests.

Joshua, who will return to the UK in the early hours of Monday morning with the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, was on the front of Sunday’s Saudi newspapers, alongside Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who attended his fight.

Despite widespread criticism of staging the bout in a country maligned for its human rights record, Joshua said he would “100%” be happy to return to the kingdom on holiday on to perform, the BBC report added.

‘All challengers are welcome’

Joshua is now expected to face either the WBO’s mandatory challenger – currently Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk – or the man in the same position with the IBF, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

He said he was no longer interested in calling out WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a historic bout with all four world heavyweight titles on the line.

The year 2020 without a doubt for boxing, especially the heavyweight will be very exciting, and we cannot wait to see what happens to the likes of Joshua, Tyson Fury and Wilder who are now the face of the heavyweight.

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