Boxing: I've Got To Bounce Back, Joshua Says After Shocking Defeat


Britain's former heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua says he intends to enforce a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr after his stunning loss and promoter Eddie Hearn wants to stage the second fight in the UK.


Joshua suffered a shocking knockout defeat to Ruiz Jr in the seventh round as his unbeaten record and world title reign was ended on his US debut at Madison Square Garden in New York.


Speaking at the defeat, he told Sky Sports Box Office


"I train hard, I stay dedicated and just got beat by a good fighter tonight. It will be interesting to see how far he goes, so good luck to him, but I've got to bounce back. This is all part of the story and the journey.


"Fire at heart, boxer by trade, but look he done well. He done what he had to do. Everyone has come out for a good night of boxing. It's got people talking, so more life to the heavyweight division.


"You know when your legs are all over the gaff, you're just trying to stabilize your mind, your whole body. It's the first time really like that in a heavyweight fight. The one with Klitschko I was just tired, but he's a very grounded fighter.


"With me, they can't box with me, so they just look for big shots, so I've just got to work on being a bit stronger on my base. Congratulations to the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion.


"I've got to get that solid armory. This is the risk we take, but we'll bounce back. He's the champ for now. Just put that in mind, he's the champ for now. I shall return."