Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

Boxing news: Anthony Joshua issues stern response to Joey Dawejko KO rumour | Boxing | Sport

Anthony Joshua his dismissed suggestions he was knocked out in sparring ahead of his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua lost the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to the Mexican-American on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Olympic gold medalist – a late replacement for the disgraced Jarrell Miller – was dropped four times before referee Mike Griffin called a halt to proceedings in the seventh round.

The fallout from Joshua’s first professional loss was filled with rumours about his well-being ahead of his ill-fated American debut.

It was claimed the Brit was knocked out in sparring a few weeks before he threw down with Ruiz Jr.

That notion – which is still being bandied about – has irked Joshua, who has insisted he wasn’t hurt ahead of his clash with Mexico’s first heavyweight champion.

“Definitely not,” the Watford Warrior said on Sky Sports’ AJ: The Untold Truth. “I feel like people are more interested in their five minutes of fame.

“Even in sparring, everyone wants to be famous, rather than a good fighter. Silly stories about knocking me down and all that stuff.

“You can’t even enjoy your training and work on things without someone trying to make up false allegations, and trying to get five minutes of fame.

“You bring someone into your training camp to do them a favour, you’re paying them, nothing like [the knockdown rumour] in that nature has happened, you beat them up in every round, then they go and do an interview.

“It just happens all the time in boxing, there is just a lot of envy, and there’s no realness, and that’s why it doesn’t really sit well with me boxing sometimes, where I just lose that passion for it.”

Joey Dawejko trained with ‘AJ’ in the build-up to the fight and is said to have been the man who floored him during his Miami fight camp.

Dawejko has refused to break the omerta that is common practice amongst sparring partners and discuss the finer details of his training with Joshua, though he has revealed he received death threats in the wake of the fight.

“I respect Anthony Joshua so much, I’m not going to talk about nothing, no sparring stories,” Dawejko told Fight Hub TV. “I was never that type of fighter, I was in camp with a lot of people, a lot of heavyweight champions, I’ll never speak about sparring.

“That’s a boxing brotherhood thing. I’ll never talk about that. People are coming out on the internet saying that I said that.

“I don’t even want to talk about it. It’s annoying.

“I was getting death threats and everything on my Instagram for that! It is what it is. I don’t talk about sparring stories. I never said anything, people are saying I said this and said that, I didn’t say nothing.

“I don’t want nothing to do with it anymore. Me and Anthony Joshua are cool, we were friends in camp and that’s where it stays. I hope he sees that and we’re on the same page.”

Joshua will have the opportunity to avenge his defeat to Ruiz Jr on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

Ruiz Jr, however, has insisted the bout will take place in the United States.

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