WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has claimed that Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. because of the weight of pressure and expectations on his shoulders.
Joshua suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz as he got dropped 4 times before losing the bout in the 7th round and eventually handing the three heavyweight titles to the Mexican-American boxer.
There have been lots of theories and speculations on the reason as to why the overwhelmingly favorite Joshua suffered that defeat with David Haye blaming the inadequate sparring as the reason for his failure.
However when it comes to Wilder, the American is never the one to stay away from controversy and now the 33-year-old has claimed that Wilder himself was one of the reasons for AJ’s loss:
“It’s like I tweeted before, they kept Joshua away from me because of that fact. They knew that the result that was going to happen. But probably a little earlier than that (if we fought), Wilder exclusively told World Boxing News.
“We all knew this would happen, but that’s boxing.
“AJ had a lot of pressure on him coming to America for one, and then he was worrying about me and what I did in my performance (against Dominic Breazeale, a first round KO).
“All that stuff weighs in on you. He was panicking in the dressing room and I understand all that stuff, it’ll get you.
“Certain things, you want to perform and do great. Nobody never wants to lose. We want to do great, but when we got so much on you and so much pressure, talking about the sparring guys dropping him in sparring and stuff, it’s a lot.
“When your time comes I understand he just froze at the moment of time. But we’ll see whether he can redeem himself in the second fight.”
So Deontay Wilder claims AJ's loss to Andy Ruiz was down to him. Can't wait for Tyson Fury to knock him out once and for all!
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Joshua has already evoked the re-match clause with Andy Ruiz and the fight is expected to take place this winter.
Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is expected to take on Tyson Fury in the coming future, after Fury’s tune-up fight on 5th October against an unknown opponent.