Anthony Joshua suffers the 'Drake curse' as he's shockingly beaten by Ruiz Jr.

Anthony Joshua suffers the 'Drake curse' as he's shockingly beaten by Ruiz Jr.

Just like that, Anthony Joshua's stock in the heavyweight division has fallen considerably.

Not so long ago, Britain's golden boy could seemingly do no wrong, brutally knocking out all in front of him in devastating fashion, including longtime heavyweight champion of the world Wladamir Klitschko.

But boxing makes no allowances for past triumphs, as an oddly fatigued Joshua discovered last night. Make no mistake; Ruiz Jr. was a largely unfancied underdog in this fight, despite a clear pedigree and a quick pair of hands for a heavyweight.

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Some have suggested that Anthony Joshua may have overlooked his Mexican-American opponent as glamour super fights with Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder loomed on the horizon. If there's any truth to these suggestions, Joshua and his team have done so at their own cost; it seems that, for now, the former three belt champion will have to bide his time if he is to return to the pinnacle of heavyweight boxing.

For Joshua, a rematch with Ruiz Jr. in London looks certain, a bout he simply must win as he looks to rebuild his career.

Wilder will next run it back with Luis Ortiz in a rematch of what proved a highly entertaining and dramatic bout the first time round, while Tyson Fury next faces off against Tom Schwarz in Vegas. Fight fans must hope Fury does not suffer a similarly shocking defeat, as a rematch with Wilder looks to be in the offing if both prove victorious in their next fights.

As for Joshua, people are naturally now looking for explanations for the defeat, and some think they might have just found the answer in the infamous 'Drake Curse'.

The 'Drake Curse' is a phenomenon by which people or teams who pose with the rapper tend to lose on high-profile occasions. Just ask Conor McGregor, the Toronto Raptors (though maybe not this year) and countless others.

Now, it seems as though Anthony Joshua has become the latest big name to suffer the curse, despite sharing a good-natured Instagram post saying he was going to "break" the curse.

And people were quick to point out that the Drake Curse had struck in devastating fashion once again.

If the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in this year's NBA Finals, will that lift the curse once and for all? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, Drake is going to be trolling Draymond Green right until the bitter end.