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Anthony Joshua: What next for dethroned champion who lost his belts and ‘invincibility’ to Andy Ruiz Jr?

Anthony Joshua: What next for dethroned champion who lost his belts and ‘invincibility’ to Andy Ruiz Jr?

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Renowned boxing author Thomas Hauser said Anthony Joshua could have walked down an American street without being recognised prior to his US debut against underdog Andy Ruiz Jr.On Sunday, that may no longer be the case.His stunning defeat - where time appeared to freeze for the Briton at Madison Square Garden - will be played on loop by sports broadcasters here and at home for the next 24 hours and beyond. Joshua's team sat slumped, dejected, almost lifeless, as he fielded questions in the bowels of the arena after a stunning result that few saw coming. Their man had lost his titles. More so, he had lost his "invincibility" according to former world heavyweight champion Davie Haye.So will this...
Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: World champion needs Deontay Wilder title

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr: World champion needs Deontay Wilder title

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Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he will only feel he has "made it" in boxing if he captures Deontay Wilder's WBC title.The 29-year-old faces Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday and told BBC Sport he does not feel "burnt out" as a fight week begins for the first time in a decade."I've never been in a fight week where I have felt so energised," he said. Meanwhile Ruiz has revealed he got the New York fight by "bugging" Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Instagram.Joshua v Ruiz podcast: The British are comingSmith hopes N'Dam fights helps Alvarez bidBillboards and one more beltJoshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, cut a relaxed figure as he spoke on a New York rooftop, his hands sport...
Alex Danson: England captain and Olympic champion on head injury recovery

Alex Danson: England captain and Olympic champion on head injury recovery

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Media playback is not supported on this device Nine months ago, Alex Danson laughed at a joke made by her boyfriend.It was a seemingly insignificant moment, something that happens often in a relationship.But for Danson it led to what she describes as the "most challenging part" of her life. Two years on from winning Olympic hockey gold with her Great Britain team-mates, Danson was on holiday with her now fiance Alex.He, she says, is "really not that funny". This time he was, and when she threw her head back to laugh, it hit a concrete wall.The impact gave her what she ...
Deontay Wilder: WBC champion defends comments he wants to kill an opponent

Deontay Wilder: WBC champion defends comments he wants to kill an opponent

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American heavyweight Deontay Wilder has defended himself after again saying he wants to kill an opponent in the ring.Wilder, 33, said he was "trying to get a body on my record" before defending his WBC title against compatriot Dominic Breazeale on Saturday.It is Wilder's first fight since his title defence against Tyson Fury in December ended in a controversial draw. "This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time," said Wilder. "It's legal."Wilder has made similar comments in the past. In March 2018, British heavyweight Tony Bellew called him a "disgrace and senseless idiot".Earlier this year, after Wilder told Breazeale to "make some funeral arrangement...
James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

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James DeGale, the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal then a professional world title, has retired.The 33-year-old lost on a unanimous points decision to Chris Eubank Jr in London on Saturday."It's been an unbelievable journey," said DeGale, who won 25 and lost three of his 29 fights as a professional. "It's hard to admit that I'm not the fighter I once was. I'm human and, along the way, my injuries have taken a toll - both on mind and body."DeGale beat American Andre Dirrell on points to claim the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt in May 2015.He lost his title in December 2017 but won it back in an April rematch with American Caleb Truax.However, he gave up the belt in July 201...