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."

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."