Did the so-called “Drake curse” just claim another victim?
That’s what some are wondering after Saturday night’s boxing match, which saw undefeated heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua knocked out by underdog Andy Ruiz Jr.
In a stunning upset, Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles to Ruiz, and an unearthed tweet indicates Drake may be to blame.
Talk of the “Drake curse” first began due to Drake’s taking on the role of global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors in 2013, with superstitious fans pinning the team’s losing streak on the “God’s Plan” rapper. The curse extended to other athletes when photos of Drake posing for photos with various sports stars surfaced after those athletes suffered unexpected losses.
This was the case with Joshua, with a tweet resurfacing of Drake posing with the boxer — and even joking about the curse in his tweet.
“Bout to break the curse,” Joshua wrote on Twitter, accompanying the pic, and adding the date of what turned out to be his disastrous fight with Ruiz.
The “curse” was taken seriously by Italy’s A.S. Roma soccer team, who were “banned” from posing for photos with Drake after a player from Paris Saint-Germain F.C. posted a photo with the rapper on social media, and lost a championship match.
Further examples include soccer players Jadon Sancho, Sergio Aguero and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, all of whom suffered crushing defeats after posting selfies with Drake.
Further evidence came when UFC fighter Conor McGregor entered the octagon to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, and suffered a rare loss — which took place after Drake accompanied McGregor to the pre-fight weigh-in, draping himself in the Irish flag while giving the fighter a hug.
And then there was this…