Nigerian-born British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has promised that he will bounce back better and stronger, in order to make up for his first professional defeat at the hands of Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr.
With expectations rife that ‘AJ’ will get a chance of regaining his title from a rematch with Ruiz later this year, the former three-belt holder pledged that he will be in better shape for the next fight and stressed that he is more motivated than ever to win back his status.
The 29-year-old Joshua admitted that overconfidence saw him knocked out in the seventh round by underdog Ruiz at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA in his American debut on June 1, but said he has put the defeat behind him and is now ready to bounce back.
AJ’s representatives are still trying to organise a rematch with Ruiz, who floored the then champion four times before taking all three belts, such that Joshua is eager to reclaim his lost property before 2019 runs out.
Two locations and dates have been suggested, one being November 29 at Madison Square Garden again, which Joshua has been warned by fight buffs to avoid, or December 14 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua retorted: “I’ve always said don’t let the failures get to your heart and don’t let the success get to your head.
“My legs and everything, it’s a weird feeling. As your climbing, the hole was getting deeper.
“True failure isn’t quitting, I don’t think you should give up when you meet a blip in life.
“I’m still keen to fight the best in the world. I’m still keen to prove myself and my ambition is to be two-time heavyweight champion of the world.”