Anthony Joshua discusses loss, confirms no trainer or personnel changes


Anthony Joshua has broken his silence on suffering the first ring defeat of his career as a professional.

Joshua, who lost his four world heavyweight belts to Andy Ruiz Jr. in New York, had been urged by many to consider changes.

The Briton’s performance and demeanor were questioned as odd in the media as Ruiz dropped him four times in a devastating loss.

Addressing the situation, AJ stated he will continue to work with everyone around him in the future.

“It’s a few days after the fight and I’ve had time to reflect on a few things,” Joshua said in a video released on Tuesday evening.

“Losing isn’t in anyone’s nature. Whether you’re playing chess, PlayStation or competing at a high level in sport or in business. And I took my first loss.

“How to explain that feeling? – It’s happened to me before and I feel like those losses suffered years back made me a stronger person. It hasn’t really changed me and my work ethic or mindset and what I stand for.

“The people I’m still loyal to. My trainer Robert McCracken and my amateur coach at Finch ABC. I still want to work with these guys. They are still going to teach me everything I need to know.

“They’ve done a great job for me, not only inside the boxing ring but mainly as a human. They have really developed me as a person. That’s important. These guys have been with me for years. My whole management team and to my supporters as well.

“I’m not going to change on you, act any different and change my ways. I’m still me, the same old Anthony Joshua.

“The same motivation of trying to better myself through boxing.”


A rematch with Ruiz Jr. is already in motion after promoter Eddie Hearn activated a clause in the contract.

Dates in November and December are being considered as Joshua aims to become a two-time world title holder.

Venues in the UK are the most likely at this point, with Cardiff’s Principality Stadium the frontrunner due to boasting a roof for the winter.