Anthony Joshua: ‘I was so confident, I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause’

• Boxer pledges to ‘get titles back’ after shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr
• Eddie Hearn promises UK rematch in November or December

Anthony Joshua confirmed his intent to enforce an immediate return fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, admitting he was so confident in the run-up to his astounding defeat he had not bothered asking whether a rematch clause was in the contract.

The shock of Saturday’s extraordinary upset was still palpable inside Madison Square Garden when the former champion finally spoke early on Sunday morning after suffering four knockdowns in a one-sided defeat that cost him his the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles and his undefeated record.

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