Anthony Joshua says he is paying little attention to the comments of both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury after he suffered a shock defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday night.
The Brit lost his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles after being knocked down four times by his unfancied Mexican opponent, who was drafted in at short notice to replace Jarrell Miller
Afterwards, AJ got two very contrasting messages from his heavyweight rivals, with Fury backing him to ‘regroup and come again’ while Wilder was scathing, suggesting he had been found out.
Asked about the two messages, Joshua told IFL TV: ‘That’s boxing, contradictions, it’s one or the other. That’s boxing.
‘But I’m still young in the sport, still got a long way to go. Been pro I think six years, so I’ve still got another like nine years in me. Fighters go on until they’re 40 now, I’m still 29 so I still got a long time.
‘I do it for the love, I love this game bro. My eyes are still focused and my mind is still focused on achieving great things in the sport.’
Asked in another interview with Behind The Gloves about Fury’s message of support, AJ added: ‘I don’t really listen to Tyson Fury if he says good shit or bad shit. I don’t really listen to that.
‘It’s just my family, my team, that’s who I listen to. I don’t really worry about that. But that’s Tyson innit? That’s the rest of the heavyweights. I don’t really get involved in the boxing talk.’
Reacting to the defeat in the ring straight afterwards, Joshua told Sky Sports Box Office: ‘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.
‘Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion. We bounce back. 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.’