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Anthony Joshua Could Suffer Serious Lifelong Injury Against Andy Ruiz Jr – Chris Eubank

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Chris Eubank fears Anthony Joshua risks sustaining a serious injury when he returns to the ring against Andy Ruiz Jr this evening.

Joshua surrendered his world titles following a spectacular upset at the hands of the Mexican in New York six months ago. The 30-year-old lost his unbeaten professional record after he was stopped in the seventh round, having been sent crashing to the canvas on four occasions by his opponent.

After the defeat, reports emerged that Joshua had been knocked out in sparring during his training camp byjourneyman Joey Dawejko, while trainer Rob McCracken was accused of allowing his man to fight on against Ruiz, despite suspecting he was suffering from concussion.

According to his promoter Eddie Hearn, Joshua has prepared meticulously for the rematch in Saudi Arabia this evening, but boxing legend Eubank harbours significant concerns about the former Olympic champions’ health.

He told World Boxing News: ‘AJ is in danger of being seriously hurt on Dec 7th. I believe there’s a 70% chance of him suffering a lifelong injury. This is very real and we pray for his well-being. I just wish the public could see my intuition – which gives this insight. All that is being said right now may well sound absurd but should make sense after the fight. I believe medical physicians and oxygen at ringside will be paramount.

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‘Wishing I’m wrong is not good enough, because those behind this fight are rightfully about making the money, for their fighter and themselves, at the expense of the fighter. But I believe they should also have a duty of care to not endanger their boxer, more so than what is the norm. I believe boxing is so much more dangerous when a boxer like AJ has been fast-tracked through his apprenticeship.

‘AJ’s prognosis is as follows: He was fast-tracked in a weak era of heavyweights if you compare this era to the era of the 90s and he is now on the world platform, which leaves him exposed to the few who are properly schooled in boxing. Those who are disguised as boxers but in truth are gladiators; Andy Ruiz being one of the few. Remember that the objective is to put your opponent down for the ten count and not a lifetime. This is a very tricky and peculiar phenomena. In the cold light of day, AJ was manufactured as a boxer (through no fault of his own). In short, his ability to box is limited and he can’t fight his way out of a fight as he didn’t learn the trade because he had adequate at best, people overseeing his career.

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‘These men meant him no harm. They were just doing a job of work. For its currency, in its many forms, coupled with the cursed phenomena of our time; INSTANT GRATIFICATION. Therefore, if AJ is forced to fight, he has no choice but to fold or quit (like in the first fight). This is a harsh prognosis. But if I write gently and am not on point, the perpetrators will continue to treat the lives of these young men like it’s a game of chess. The game of chess has no consequences But boxing can have catastrophic consequences.

‘They could end up saying of AJ, ‘Poor chap. He was such a nice guy’. – But they are only truly sorry for a day before everyone moves on and of course, when it’s brought up by the media, which is not good enough. We have to be better than this. He has willingly been forced into a hell of a situation because some have little to no insight.’

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