The World According to Anthony Joshua After Ruiz Fact, With Lennox Lewis Reply
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
In this self-made Anthony Joshua video, several weeks after losing his world heavyweight title to Andy Ruiz Jr., Joshua emphasizes losing is all part of the game, like chess, like PlayStation. This reporter, while noting Joshua’s calmness, humility and sincerity, differs in evaluation. The name of the game is to win, Rocky Marciano did it, and Joshua did not on the occasion of his bout at Madison Square Garden with Ruiz.
My Loss From My Side Video courtesy www.Anthonyjoshua.com
What Joshua gets right is his understanding of the drama, when Jarrell Miller was pulled out, and Andy Ruiz Jr. substituted in during the final month of the scheduled world heavyweight title defense. What Joshua gets wrong is his praise of his training camp and his team. The training camp and trainers, given his lackadaisical performance and lethargic game plan and fixed mindset in error, have to be replaced.
Joshua refers to diet, and something feeling wrong. As a soldier, Joshua notes, you have to take life’s ups and downs. That may be true, but without excuse, if you are going to evaluate your loss, and the key reasons behind the loss, you have to be able to see reality for what it is. Joshua, while beginning to reflect on what transpired at The Garden, still does not see the failures of both approach and mindset which caused the debacle.
While it is good Joshua understands one should ever let success get to your head, in the same breath, one must understand failure and the process of ongoing reevaluation to make personality and style corrections and changes, which comes with maturity. Joshua states life is all about balance and moving forward. However, if Joshua cannot understand the reasons behind his loss to Ruiz, it is like Floyd Matterson’s rematch with Sonny Liston. It will just be a repeat of the previous massacre, only the second time it will be more lopsided.
Joshua states he is still the same with ambition, and he still holds his head high. While a true gentleman inside and outside the ring, Joshua’s carefree decision to keep standing in front of Ruiz demonstrates not just a lack of ambition and sense of purpose, but a complete underestimation of his opponent by evaluating him visually and not by true ability. Boxing, Joshua reflects, is part of his life, and he is a champion at heart. The latter statement was disproven by Anthony Joshua, who never took Ruiz seriously. Joshua discusses the mandatory rematch clause, and the fact he would not mind fighting his rematch with Andy in either England or New York. The location means nothing. Joshua got that right.
However, is preparations and mindset for Andy Ruiz need an overhaul. Joshua refers to his loss to Ruiz at The Garden as historical, and an amazing evening. This reporter is in evaluation disagreement. Joshua needed to disconnect himself from the event, and concentrate on the task at hand. In the end, Joshua correctly notes his game plan did not work, and he has to readjust, and he does not blame anyone for his inadequate approach to Ruiz in their first confrontation. “I’ll do my best to correct it, and get the job done in the rematch.” Great thought by Joshua, who now has to make good on his understanding. There is some depth here, but Joshua has to go further to understand his mistakes, in order to bring his fight game to the next level in preparations for the Ruiz rematch.’’
According to former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in an interview with Inside PBC Boxing, “He (Joshua) was not prepared for what Ruiz had to offer. It’s really about doing your homework on this guy. He (Ruiz) is a banger. He’s got fast feet and fast hands. There’s a certain way you prepare for these guys.” Lewis also feels Joshua should dump his trainer. “You cannot go to university with a third grade teacher.” Lewis also feels Ruiz’ first defense against Joshua should be in Mexico. “The whole country will come out for him! (Andy). It’’ll be a great fight!”
Reflecting on his two upset world titular losses, “When you lose, you have to refocus. I knew the mistakes I made. I already corrected before I stepped out of the ring. Anybody can get dropped by one punch. It wasn’t one punch. It was a combination of punches (by Andy Ruiz Jr.). He (Anthony Joshua) wasn’t mentally prepared for that. When you are not mentally prepared, you go through a shock period (inside the ring) when you are not mentally focused. You want to get out of there. I didn’t see the focus that he (Joshua) needed (to win). He (Joshua) was disarmed. Anytime people come up to you and say this guy is gonna be easy, they’re disarming you. 260 (pounds) is the weigh that’s coming at you. It doesn’t matter what he looks like (Andy Ruiz Jr.) That’s the weight that’s coming at you. It takes less weight (than that) to knock you out. Everybody’s dangerous. He’s dangerous. He (Ruiz) has always been dangerous. I’ve commentated at ringside (during his fights) and all I could hear bip-bip bip was the power of his punches. I know he’s dangerous!”