Tyson Furry to Joshua: Rest up, recover, regroup and come again
London, June 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)-British Boxer Tyson Fury has told his colleague, Nigerian-born boxer Anthony Joshua, that his defeat by underdog Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden, USA, on Saturday, was not a strange phenomenon.
Fury noted that, as professional boxers, they each have their “back and forth,” arguing that in heavyweight boxing, experiencing defeat is not strange
Taking to his verified Twitter handle @Tyson_Fury on Sunday, Fury had tweeted:
Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.
In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage, which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat as a professional.
Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers, with 22 wins – 21 by knockout – going into the fight. He will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.
“I got beaten by a good fighter,” said 29-year-old Joshua. “It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.
“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”
Meanwhile Anthony Joshua has vowed to “get the belts back” after calling his sensational heavyweight world-title defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr a “minor setback”.
He said: “It’s a test of character. I’ll see what is next and move on.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn said a rematch is a “must win” because Joshua’s options will be “nothing after that”.
A rematch clause was part of the contract and Hearn said he expected it to take place “in England in November or December”. Ruiz himself says he will take the contest at any time.