Joshua says had health issue before
first Ruiz fight
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[December 09, 2019]
(Reuters) - Briton Anthony
Joshua, who reclaimed his world heavyweight titles with a clinical
victory over Andy Ruiz Jr on Sunday, says a health issue had left
him tired and drained before his shock defeat to the
Mexican-American in their first fight in June.
Joshua regained the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles with a unanimous
points victory in Saudi Arabia, six months after he was
sensationally dethroned by Ruiz at Madison Square Gardens in one of
boxing's biggest upsets.
"I had some issue with my health which I was going through for a
long time," said Joshua after judges scored the 'Clash on the Dunes'
118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 on Sunday.
"I didn't know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained
and thought it must be down to training.
"In the changing room before the fight (in New York) I got a bucket
of ice and was putting my head in it thinking 'why do I feel so
"Even in this camp I had an operation done but as I'd started
training in June I had no issues."
Joshua did not elaborate on the nature of the operation.
For the first title defense of his second stint as world champion
the 30-year-old is likely to face either unbeaten Ukrainian
Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO's mandatory challenger, or Bulgarian Kubrat
Pulev -- the mandatory challenger for the IBF.
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Anthony Joshua poses with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight
belts after winning his title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr - Al
Faisaliah Tower, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 8, 2019 Anthony
Joshua poses with the belts Action Images via Reuters/Andrew
Joshua said he wanted his next fight to be held in London, with his
promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium as a
"Wembley doesn't look great, date-wise," Hearn said. "Tottenham
Hotspur is a nice new stadium for a UK fight. We've got to look at
"We spoke to Spurs about hosting this fight, which they were keen to
do, but unfortunately the dates didn't work out. They would be keen
to do it and it would be a nice stadium to do it in London."
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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