Anthony Joshua has admitted to health problems before losing his heavyweight title to Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 in New York.
The British superstar claimed a unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110, 119-109) to become a two-time champion on Saturday against Ruiz, but he revealed symptoms from an unnamed issue hindered his preparations before losing in Madison Square Garden.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5's Boxing With Costello and Bunce podcast, Joshua explained how the issue affected him before his debut fight in the United States (h/t Luke Reddy of BBC Sport):
"The responsibilities of being world champion are difficult.
Ruiz shocked the boxing world with a technical knockout in the seventh round during the first fight, with Joshua struggling in a disappointing night for the Brit.