Anthony Joshua becomes latest victim of so-called Drake curse after defeat

Anthony Joshua's first professional boxing defeat has added to the notion that having your picture taken with musician Drake is something of a curse for sports stars.

In one of boxing's greatest upsets of all time Joshua was beaten in the seventh round by underdog Andy Ruiz Jr, who had filled in at short notice as AJ's opponent.

And it didn't take long for people on social media to point to the photo Joshua posted to Twitter just days before his bout, where the former heavyweight champion can be seen posing ringside with Drake.

"Bout to break the curse," Joshua tweeted.

The curse he referred to is one which has gathered pace in 2019, after a string of athletes pictured with Drake went on to suffer defeats.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's club Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton shortly after a picture, while Conor McGregor lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov after an Instagram post.

The 6 God and The 12 animal!

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The supposed curse became so famous that Italian football club Roma tweeted: "All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season" in April.

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Anthony Joshua (left) is counted down by referee Mike Griffin against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (left) is counted down by referee Mike Griffin against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (centre) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr (right) in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (right) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (right) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Andy Ruiz Jr (left) celebrates the win in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Andy Ruiz Jr celebrates the win in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (centre) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr (right) in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (light) and Andy Ruiz Jr after the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Andy Ruiz Jr (centre) celebrates the win in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight against Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Referee Mike Griffin waves off the fight between Anthony Joshua (left) and Andy Ruiz Jr (not shown) at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (left) spits his gum shield onto the floor as referee Mike Griffin starts a count during the match against Andy Ruiz Je at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (centre) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr (left) in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
James Corden (left) and Jamie Redknapp watches the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (right) in action against Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Andy Ruiz Jr (right) lands a punch on Anthony Joshua in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championships title fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Anthony Joshua (centre) appears dejected after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr in the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World Championship match at Madison Square Garden, New York.
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