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Behind the scenes of Anthony Joshua's shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jnr: Fascinating footage shows star's large entourage in tears after knockout and former champion discussing infamous 'sparring knockout' rumours

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Anthony Joshua has taken fans behind the scenes of the build-up, duration and aftermath of his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr last month.

The British boxer was knocked down four times, the last of which came in the seventh round, and was forced to hand over his heavyweight titles to the Mexican underdog in New York City.

Now, as revealed in a video on his YouTube channel, the 29-year-old has vowed to retain the belts and become a two-time world champion.

Anthony Joshua has taken fans behind the scenes of his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr in June © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Anthony Joshua has taken fans behind the scenes of his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr in June

Build-up to the fight

After the fight in Madison Square Garden on June 1, rumours floated around that Joshua was knocked out during a sparring drill in the build-up to the contest.

Joshua quickly quashed these accusations, however, as he said in the video: 'People were saying "Anthony was knocked down or hurt in sparring" but that's never been the truth. 

'And the most recent allegation was when I was in Miami, "I was knocked down or knocked out or wobbled".

Anthony Joshua smiling for the camera: As revealed in a video on his Youtube channel, the 29-year-old vows to retain every single belt © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited As revealed in a video on his Youtube channel, the 29-year-old vows to retain every single belt

'None of that has been true, we are soldiers. I have been doing it for a long time. I have taken heavier shots.

'I was in a good place in my training camp. I am just trying to explain that rumours are rumours for a reason.'

Joshua was due to fight Jarrell Miller but the American was banned after he was found to have taken three illegal substances in a drugs test. Up stepped Ruiz Jnr.

AJ revealed what his uncle had told him about the Mexican heavyweight in the past: 'I remember years ago my uncle wrote me a list of all the heavyweights and next to Andy Ruiz he put "upset king" believe it or not and this was about 2014 he gave me that list.' 

  a man in a room: Rumours floated around that Joshua was knocked out in sparring in the build-up to the fight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rumours floated around that Joshua was knocked out in sparring in the build-up to the fight

In the ring

Watching the fight some people, including Tyson Fury, thought Joshua didn't look himself when he entered the ring.

Joshua explained what he was thinking at the start of the fight. He said: 'Across the ring wasn't the guy I wanted to be in the ring with. Across the other side of the ring was not the guy I wanted to be fighting.

'The first round goes, I don't think I got a sweat on me. Second round goes I don't think I got a sweat on me. 

'Third round goes, I didn't think this was the time to hurt him, I wanted to wear him down a few rounds before. One-two, uppercut, boom, I thought "perfect". This is my chance now to go and land one more shot, one more accurate shot and that would be the fight over.

'Now I'm going in there looking for the second shot. One-two lands. Tried the same combination again. He rolls, boom, on the chin. Then, boom on the back of my head. 

Tyson Fury thought Joshua (right) didn't look himself when he entered the ring last month © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tyson Fury thought Joshua (right) didn't look himself when he entered the ring last month

'I thought, "oh no, what is happening here". I couldn't really remember where I was at the time.

'I was in for a fight so I knew I shouldn't have been here [on the floor]. Ruiz did well. He hit me with a good shot and I couldn't recover from it.

'My legs and everything, it's a weird feeling. I remember going back to the corner and I can't remember what I was saying.

'I think it was the fifth round, I thought I would just recover. I was starting to land a few more shots. 

'Slip and sliding shots isn't my forte. Long range, power boxing is my my forte. So I was doing something that wasn't my option one. It was my option three but it got me through to the seventh round.

The British boxer was knocked down four times, the last of which came in the seventh round © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The British boxer was knocked down four times, the last of which came in the seventh round

'Boom, I got hit again, as you're climbing it was like the hole was getting deeper. It shows that training went well, even though my mind wasn't there my body kept getting up.

'I'm down breathing heavy, gum shield drops. I found myself walking to the corner, my ref pulls my shorts and then pushes me back, I thought he was going to put my gum shield in but the ref saw I couldn't continue the fight and that's his call.' 

 

The aftermath 

The video then pans to the locker room after the fight. Sitting there crying is David KD Ghansa, who is AJ's operations manager.

Ghansa is an old school pal of Joshua’s and is with him constantly in camp. He drives him to and from Sheffield every week and takes care of his daily needs. Clearly it was difficult for Ghansa to see Joshua lying on the canvas.

a person holding a phone: David KD Ghansa (centre), who is AJ's operations manager, was crying after the defeat © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited David KD Ghansa (centre), who is AJ's operations manager, was crying after the defeat

The video then moves on to Joshua, who is just staring at the floor. 'I won't be able to sleep,' Joshua says. To which his mum asks 'why?'. Joshua responds: 'It's a fight isn't it? The adrenaline is high.'

The Olympic gold medalist has already agreed to a rematch with Ruiz but a date is still being discussed.

'I've always said, don't let the failures get to your heart, and don't let the success get to your head, ' Joshua said.

'My legs and everything, it's a weird feeling. As your climbing, the hole was getting deeper. 

a man sitting in a chair: Joshua (right) looks to his parents after telling them that he will not be able to sleep that night © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joshua (right) looks to his parents after telling them that he will not be able to sleep that night

'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 a two-time heavyweight champion of the world.'

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