Nine months ago, both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder were unbeaten in their professional boxing careers.
But that has all changed.
AJ suffered his first defeat last June as he was shocked by Andy Ruiz in New York.
The Mexican-born fighter recovered from an early knock down to win by TKO in the seventh round.
- Wilder blames ring walk costume for loss
- AJ breaks silence on Fury v Wilder
- Footage shows Wilder was not in a good state after round six
The American was outclassed by Fury for seven rounds and the bout was ended when his team threw in the towel.
However, as pointed out by @BoxingKingdom14, both men reacted very differently in the immediate aftermath to losing their unbeaten record.
Despite the monumental disappointment, Joshua was respectful to Ruiz and decided not to make any excuses.
“Full Credit to Andy Ruiz. It’s his night. Well deserved. I make no excuses," he said.
When there was widespread speculation about personal problems leading up to the fight, Joshua said, per the Daily Mail: "He's a great man who beat me fair and square."
Wilder, on the other hand, was quick to come out with all sorts of excuses.
In the ring after the fight, Wilder blamed a leg problem that he suffered in camp.
"I had a lot of things going on coming into the fight," Wilder said, per Eurosport. "My leg was already wrecked coming in due to other things."
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Wilder was adamant that Fury did not hurt him and that it was his ring walk costume that led to his demise.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is... that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder said in his first interview after the fight.
“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through."
And he has blamed his trainer for throwing in the towel when, in his belief, he was still in the fight.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional," he added.
"I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
Wilder could learn a thing or two from Joshua about being gracious in defeat.
Joshua reacted by defeating Ruiz to retain his world belts in December. Only after that bout did he finally admit of health problems before their first fight.
It remains to be seen whether Wilder will be able to do the same when his third fight against Fury takes place.News Now - Sport News