Former world champion-turned promoter and manager Barry McGuigan has aired his views on a devastating loss for Anthony Joshua.
McGuigan, a notable voice in the sport on UK shores, didn’t conform to a notion that Joshua’s knockout to Andy Ruiz Jr. was one of the most surprising of all time.
“It was a big shock, no question. But not one of the biggest the sport has ever seen,” McGuigan told Love Sport Radio.
“I think people take into consideration the shape of Andy Ruiz. Jr. Ruiz is a very good fighter, who many had beating Joseph Parker a few years ago.
“He was a top international amateur. He can punch and entered the ring at nearly 20 stone, these things happen.”
Elaborating on the situation, McGuigan says taking big shots is all part and parcel of the top division. It’s how you return which is key.
“Time and time again heavyweights have been knocked out and come back again. Joe Lewis, Floyd Patterson, Ali, even Lennox Lewis, these things happen,” he said.
“In the heavyweight division, in half a second one punch can turn things around. The bottom line is when these guys hit you – the general public don’t understand. It’s like getting hit by a truck.
“So it’s not surprising, and it’s why boxing is probably the most exciting sport in the world. When the big guys get together anything can happen.
“I’m sure it’s hugely frustrating for Anthony, his team and Eddie Hearn, but these things happen. It’s all about redemption and getting back and coming back.
“These things have happened so many times before, it’s simply a matter of dusting himself off and saying ‘where did I make my mistakes’. And making the changes that are necessary.”
Joshua will get his redemption opportunity in November or December after promoter Eddie Hearn wasted no time invoking a rematch clause.
Ruiz is already on board and says he confident of a repeat performance.
Since the win, Ruiz has been reveling in new-found celebrity status as the first ever heavyweight champion of Mexican descent.
Take in the full interview with Barry McGuigan on Love Sport Radio here.