British-Nigerian heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has emerged as the latest sports star to be a victim of the ‘Drake curse’ after he was beaten last night by Mexican boxer, Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Joshua has now joined the list of sports stars including Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa and Conor McGregor among others who have been affected by the Drake curse.
According to The Sun:
The Drake Curse started out in basketball, with the artist becoming a part of their college basketball program.
Except they haven’t won a title since, and three years later, they lost a decider against Wisconsin in which Drake bet over £4500 on it.
In 2013, his hometown basketball side suffered as well, as Toronto Raptors made him their global ambassador back in 2013 – only to soon gain a reputation for choking in big matches.
Miami were next up, losing 4-1 to San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals – the Florida side were even blessed with the likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
In 2015, the Drake Curse moved away from basketball and into tennis, as Serena Williams suffered a shocking US Open semi-final defeat to Roberta Vinci.
The Drake Curse has spread like wildfire in the past months.
First it was UFC champion Conor McGregor to lose to Khabib Nurmagomedov, before Alabama’s college football team were beaten heavily by rivals Clemson.
Dipping into association football, Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho posed with Drake prior to losing to Bayern Munich.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was next up by being benched in the defeat to Bayern Munich.
Drake even ruined Manchester City’s Champions League hopes as Sergio Aguero missed a penalty against Tottenham.
Paris Saint-Germain then suffered their heaviest league defeat in 19 years, by losing 5-1 to Lille.
With the Drake Curse in full flow, the British boxer thought he would end it.
He posted a photo on Instagram with the Canadian, saying just as much.
Instead, AJ suffered his first professional defeat to a little known Mexican called Andy Ruiz Jr.
The Brit was so confident of victory that he was already talking up future fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Yet, he was beaten by a 25/1 outsider and will now need to hope for a rematch to regain the four world title belts – and so the Drake Curse goes on.