The following are extracts from an interview with Anthony Joshua and Gentleman’s Quarterly Magazine on his loss to Andy Ruiz:
“There were certain things I was talking about perhaps two years ahead of that loss, and the defeat just showcased them.
“I know people say crazy things like, ‘Oh, we were planning on that loss,’ but it really was a blessing in disguise. It highlighted everything I had been concerned about. After that it was simple: these are the changes I’ve been talking about, now you need to listen.
“Losing to Andy made me rethink and restructure. I took the positives out of it, but it wasn’t easy. My training camp was six weeks of pure hell,” said Joshua. “I had new team members, I had injuries I was trying to overcome. There were so many different issues. But we got there in the end through will, determination and intelligence.”