Anthony Joshua suffered a devastating seventh-round TKO loss to Ruiz Jr earlier this month at Madison Square Garden.
Defeat to the un-fancied Ruiz Jr, a late replacement for the disgraced Jarrell Miller, saw Joshua lose the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.
‘AJ’ was derided by many in the aftermath of his first career defeat, including by WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder.
“He wasn’t a true champion,” the American said of Joshua. “His whole career was consisted [sic] of lies, contradictions and gifts.
“Facts and now we know who was running from who!!!!”
Tyson Fury also took to Twitter to reflect on Joshua’s stunning upset loss but opted against taking aim at the 29-year-old when he was at his lowest.
He tweeted: “We have our back and Forth’s [sic] but @Anthony Joshua changed his stars through life. Heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again.”
Fury has since changed his tune, though, claiming Joshua ‘wanted’ to lose to Ruiz Jr.
So why the sudden change in tone on his fellow heavyweight?
“Well, you can’t kick a man when he’s down,” Fury told Behind The Gloves’ Michelle Joy Phelps. “But when he’s had a bit of time to recover, then you kick him in the face.”
Fury then doubled down on his claim he would’ve hung up his gloves if he’d lost in such devastating fashion.
He added: “I would’ve retired, but that’s just me.”
Joshua has vowed to bounce back from his first professional loss and bring Ruiz’s reign as heavyweight king to an abrupt end in their rematch, which is expected to take place in the UK in November or December.
Fury doesn’t see that happening and believes Joshua’s best days are well and truly behind him.
“When a man doesn’t want to be there once, he will always do it and it’s hard to come back from,” Fury said. “It’s been done many different times by many different fighters. He did it that night and I don’t think he will come back from it. Finished.
“Ask any top trainer who has been around the sport a lifetime. When he got to the ring I saw he didn’t want to be there.”