Anthony Joshua stopped his angry dad from clashing with promoter Eddie Hearn, following his son’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz.
Though it is not clear why Joshua’s father Robert clashed with Hearn in the ring, however the heated exchange was caught on camera in the background as Ruiz was being interviewed in the ring following his unexpected seventh-round win.
Hearn who has been criticized from some quarters over his handling of Joshua’s career and an inability to book a fight with the heavyweight’s two big boys – Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, was confronted in the ring by Joshua Snr.
He seemed to be directing a verbal tirade at Hearn in the background before the Joshua stepped in to talk to his dad. “Anthony Joshua dad looked like he wanted to knock Eddie Hearn out, wonder what happened?” a fan asked on Twitter.
However Anthony Joshua stepped in and stopped his angry dad from clashing with Hearn over his defeat. “No, it’s me… I’m the one fighting,” Joshua could be heard telling his father as he gestured and pointed in the promoter’s direction. Hearn was booed by supporters when he was interviewed in the ring after the bout and branded Joshua’s performance “sloppy”.