As the boxing community attempts to make sense of Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr at the weekend (June 1), a whole myriad of different theories for his loss have been circulating on social media – everything from a dressing room panic attack to concussion to being disarmed by Ruiz’s pre-fight amenable demeanour.
One of the more – perhaps – credible theories put forward though has been that Joshua could have been unsettled by fighting away from the UK for the first time. In essence, that, having to train in an overseas gym, operating in a different time zone, eating different food, and just being away from his usual routine and comfort zone may have contributed to him not ‘seeming himself’ on fight-night.
Dennis Hobson believes that there could be some truth to this idea.
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