Anthony Johsua and Andy Ruiz jr rematch is two weeks away.
Anthony Joshua’s much-anticipated rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr is arguably the heavyweight bout of the decade, with the former’s boxing reputation on the line.
The most marketable athlete in the sport simply has to earn revenge over the Mexican in Saudi Arabia after his devastating loss at Madison Square Garden back in June.
Andy Ruiz’s jr power and speed caught Anthony Joshua off guard in the Big Apple, as he prevailed with a stunning seventh-round stoppage.
Ever since the referee’s count of 10 was administered, conspiracy theories have emerged. Did Joshua quit? Did he have a panic attack before the fight?
None of these have ever been conclusively answered, but it’s probably safe to say Joshua didn’t quit after the latest thoughts from the referee on the night, Michael Griffin.
The official – who has overseen 367 bouts to date – believes a dazed and hurt Joshua was simply trying to earn more time to recover.
“He wasn’t quitting, he’s looking for more time,” he said, per Mirror . “I don’t think in any sense he was quitting the fight, he just wanted those seconds.
“But the rules don’t allow me to give him those seconds.”
Case closed? In Anthony Joshua’s wounded state – inflicted on him by a devastating hook from Andy Ruiz jr in the third – any human would have attempted to find as much time to recover as possible.
While some might say; but he knew he was being counted out? You simply have to ask yourself; did Anthony Joshua even know what was going on?
Probably not and the Brit’s main task in the rematch will be to avoid the big punches that put him in such a vulnerable state in New York.
“I’ve learned a lot of things from the defeat,” Joshua told the media. “I’ve learned to take a loss like a man, and to be thankful that I have a second opportunity to go again.
“I don’t like to talk about it too much because the thing that goes on the record is the loss, not the description. It definitely had an effect on me, but it takes more than that to knock a man like me back.”
Revenge is a dish best served cold, but do not rule out repeat in Diriyah on December 7.