Anthony Joshua denies rumours of panic attack prior to knockout loss

According to a report by Business Insider, Anthony Joshua has addressed rumours that the fighter has suffered a panic attack before his knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. Joshua's promoter.

Eddie Hearn confirmed that the British heavyweight had suffered a concussion, but later denied that there were any concerns regarding the fighter's health, mindset, or fitness prior to last weekend's shocking loss.

The fighter himself said: "There was no contaminated food. I know there's a lot of accusations or worries about what was wrong with me."

"I warmed up really well. I had no panic attack – I'm not that type of person, you know me. I have to take my loss like a man. No blaming anyone, no blaming anything. I'm the one who went in there to perform and my performance didn't go to plan."

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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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Lennox Lewis suggested Joshua take on a new boxer, but the 29-year-old has insisted he will stick with McCracken. "I took my first [professional] loss. How to explain that feeling? It has happened to me before but I feel like those times I lost years back have made me a stronger person," Joshua said.

"This hasn't really changed me, my work ethic, my mindset, what I stand for, the people I'm still loyal to – my trainer Rob McCracken, my amateur coach at Finchley ABC. I'm still going to work with these guys, they'll teach me everything I need to know."

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