WORDS Anthony Joshua insists that wasnt me as he reflects on Andy Ruiz Jr defeat and brands

The unified heavyweight champion made no excuses in the immediate aftermath of his first career loss in 2019 and went on to regain his belts in their rematch six months later. . AJ did say he felt Ruiz Jr benefitted from a lucky punch sent by the gods in an interview which took place between the two fights, but never put any support behind claims from fans who said he was not himself in the ring that night. . . Some observers looked at Joshua on his ring walk and insisted they noticed differences in him before the first bell. . . The Brit dismissed this talk until now. . . Joshua simply told JD Sports. The first Ruiz fight, I know that wasnt me. . . You can see in the ring walk and me standing in the ring, that wasnt me. . Looking forward, AJ also had plenty to say about his likely next opponent Fury. . . He can bring whatever he wants, it dont matter to me, Joshua continued. . . The press conference antics, the fight antics, the hands behind the back, I love that stuff thats all part of it you know thats his job, but my job is to close the show. . . Hes a warm-up act, hes there to do all that stuff but ultimately my job is to close the show and thats all that matters. . For him, he said that after he fights me, maybe he fights Derek Chisora, then hes ready to go off into the sunset. . . For me, Ive still got so much more I want to do in this boxing game, the road to undisputed is part of the journey its not the end to the journey. . . Thats why I know I will get past this fight because Im looking past him, I want more, this isnt where it stops. . . The fight, god-willing, will be this year. Im saying it is going to be this year, Im going to speak it into existence and I will be victorious.

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