Anthony Joshua suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr (Getty Images)
Ben Davison who is Tyson Fury’s trainer claims Anthony Joshua’s inability to adjust to Andy Ruiz Jr’s style cost him in the first defeat of his career where he was knocked down four times before he was stopped in the seventh round by Ruiz at Madison Square Garden earlier this month.
The 29-year-old’s preparation for the fight, as well as his mindset, has come under intense scrutiny in the aftermath of his loss.
But Davison, who is preparing Fury ahead of his fight against Tom Schwarz on June 15, believes Joshua made the fight easier for Ruiz by allowing the 29-year-old to close the distance.
‘When you go to a gym there’s a textbook telling you how to box – you step in with your jab, you do this, you do that,’ Davison told iFL TV.
‘But those things change when you get to an elite level you can’t box by how a textbook tells you to box.
‘That’s why those things are going to happen, at that level textbook boxing isn’t going to win it for you.
‘Boxing a small man like Ruiz, who has to be planted to let his shots go to have the same effect if he was travelling while he was punching.
‘If he’s planting with his feet he’s got fast hands, good variety and he can punch.
‘So Joshua needs to understand how to create distance, maintain distance at different distances, and understand different distances.
‘When you’re boxing someone like that, when you step in with your jab you’re closing the distance for that man, a textbook says step in with your jab.
‘But if you miss that jab you’ve closed the distance for the short man to let his well-varied punches go, with speed and with power.
‘When that jab is not landing, then you reach with a right hand, which 10 times out of 10 for Joshua he’s going to come back with a left hook, then after the left hook he’s going to come back with a right uppercut then a left hook.
‘I noticed he tried to throw a jab from the hip, I’ve never, ever seen him in training throw a hip jab.
‘I feel like he’s been getting caught in between those two styles, and there are a lot of technical things I can see that needs to be picked up on.’