Tyson Fury Reacts To Anthony Joshua's Shock Defeat To Andy Ruiz

Fans were desperate to see what Tyson Fury would have to say following Anthony Joshua's shock defeat to Andy Ruiz in his American debut.

Incredibly, 'AJ' was knocked down four times by an opponent who only took the fight on 15 weeks notice and suffered a deserved first career defeat, losing his IBF, WBA 'Super' and WBO world titles in shocking fashion.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Joshua looked like he was going to make quick work of the Mexican-American in round three when he put him on the canvas but Ruiz responded with two knockdowns in the same round.

He continued to cause serious harm and trouble to Joshua and after a further two knockdowns in round seven which left the Brit dazed, the referee stepped into halt the fight to crown a new champion in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

Fury, who Joshua wanted to sit down and talk with regarding a future fight, was no doubt watching.

But the 'Gypsy King', as brash and outspoken as is, took a different stance and instead praised Joshua - urging him to come back stronger.

Joshua took the defeat with class, giving props to Ruiz for shocking the world and vowing to bounce back.

"Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter, it will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey," the 29-year old told Sky Sports Box Office after the fight.

"Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion. We bounce back. I'm a fighter by heart, boxer by trade, it has got people talking and there's more life in the heavyweight division.

"This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it's how strong I came back. He's a champion for now, I shall return."

Joshua also confirmed he will be exercising his immediate rematch clause, with Eddie Hearn expecting the second bout to take place later on this year on home soil.

Josh Lawless

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