Anthony Joshua: I lost to a better fighter

Mazino Dickson

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British title-holder Anthony Joshua has admitted he was beaten on Saturday by a ‘better fighter.’

Joshua, who was beaten by Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr. in the seventh round of their fight in New York, said he had taken the outcome in good faith.

“This is all part of the story and the journey,” he said at a press conference.

“Fire at heart, boxer by trade. He done well, he done what he had to do.

“Congratulations to the first ever Mexican heavyweight champion. We’ll bounce back. It’s guts and glory, but this is all about the legacy and story. He’s the champion for now.”

Joshua, previously undefeated, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles but was knocked down four times before underdog Ruiz was awarded a technical knockout.