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Dwayne Johnson shows support for Joshua after defeat

SUPPORT: Anthony Joshua and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

DWAYNE ‘THE Rock’ Johnson has shared his support for Anthony Joshua, saying that he will return "even better" than before after his defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr on Saturday (Jun 2).

Despite being the favourite to win, Joshua lost to Ruiz Jr. after suffering four knockdowns, and lost his IBF, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles to the Mexican-American fighter.

Joshua remained graceful in defeat, posting a picture of himself and Ruiz Jr on Instagram with the caption: "This is Andy's night, congratulations Champ".

Joshua's post gained praise from movie star and former WWE wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who replied: "Class act. You'll be back even better brother."

Johnson's post gained over 55,000 likes, and other celebs including Rio Ferdinand, Naomi Campbell and Bear Grylls shared words of support.

“When things like this happen, it’s to prepare us for something better,” wrote Campbell. “More driven and determined than ever, to never let us rest on our morals. To remind us we have to give 110/ percent at all times...HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH!! This will make snes very soon.”

According to reports, Joshua has targeted an immediate rematch, which is likely to take place in November-December 2019.

"Look out for the end of the year, and what's next," Joshua said of his defeat. "It's an upset, it's unexpected. I was the favourite.

"One shot hit me on the top of the dome and rattled me a bit. I tried to stay in there a few more rounds but the better man won.

"I don't underestimate anyone. He's a decent puncher, a decent fighter. He was the better man.”

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