Anthony Joshua will have to “take into accout” his future in boxing if he loses his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr later this year, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Ruiz produced one of heavyweight boxing’s largest shocks to comprehend the Briton’s IBF, WBO and WBA world titles.
“There is so worthy stress on the rematch, as if he loses that second fight then his career is no longer in a mammoth build apart,” acknowledged Hearn.
A rematch clause was phase of the contract for the first bout on 1 June.
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Joshua, 29, was floored four situations as USA-born Mexican Ruiz won in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The British London 2012 Olympic champion had a concussion test after the first defeat of his 23-fight career.
“In the indicate time, he’s misplaced his world title belts and he’s bought a huge gamble to clutch them support,” Hearn acknowledged on his BBC podcast No Passion, No Level.
“If he was to lose that second fight, or no longer it’s no longer career-ending on the opposite hand it begins to create you take into accout your career – and that is the explanation prolonged sooner than we query that second to occur.
“The rematch is by no system a forgone conclusion.”
Ruiz, furthermore 29, took the fight at short sign after Joshua’s customary opponent, Jarrell Miller, failed drug checks.
After the bout, the contemporary champion acknowledged he would take dangle of a rematch at any time.
“Ruiz’s confidence is going to battle thru the roof; AJ’s confidence potentially is no longer going to be the equivalent,” Hearn added.
“I deem he was potentially too overconfident.
“What we noticed was one of many largest heavyweight shocks of all time. Nonetheless we furthermore noticed an astounding fight, and now or no longer it’s the general system down to Anthony.”