Anthony Joshua: Was it the Drake curse again?

Anthony Joshua: Was it the Drake curse again?

Anthony Joshua: Was it the ‘Drake curse’ again?

Joshua vowed to break the Drake Curse but failed!

Nigerians and perhaps other global fans of boxing champ, Anthony Joshua woke up to the shocking news that their darling AJ has fallen at the hands of low rated Mexican-American challenger, Andy Ruiz Jr. 

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While many have been blaming AJ for losing due to complacency and underrating his challenger, another theory has however been raised as to the reason he lost. 

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In March, Joshua posted a harmless picture with international rapper, Drake while vowing to break the curse. Apparently, very few people got the cruise of that gist.


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Bout to break the curse 🦉 #June1st

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Now let’s take you down memory lane on the renowned Drake-curse…

The Drake curse BlackBox Nigeria has observed is a casualty that befalls any sportsperson or team that befriends the Canadian rapper. Once Drake snaps a photo with you, bad luck sets in for you or your team. 

This wouldn’t have made sense at some point but many know better now…

Below is a historical chat of victims of the Drake-Curse… 

Serena Williams was rumoured to have had an affair with the rapper but nothing was confirmed until Drake showed up at the 2015 US Open Semi final. Serena was humiliated at the hands of a lesser known Roberta Vinci.

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Another victim of the Drake-Curse is the Kentucky Wildcats, a top college Basketball team in the US. The Kentucky team has won the NCAA Championship an amazing 8 times.

The Kentucky Wildcats and Drake

 After winning in 2012, rapper Drake became a very close fan and was regarded as their biggest celebrity fan. He started hanging out with them more and at the end of the 2012 season, they gave him an engraved personalised championship ring. 

2012 was the last time the Kentucky Wildcats won the championship. 


Conor McGregor romanced Drake before his big fight. The rest is history

We all remember loud mouth Conor McGregor who got into a fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 in an amazing crossover attempt. The Irish has obvious put his Mayweather defeat behind him and was doing well for himself.

In October 2018, he was billed to fight fellow UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

During the weigh-ins, McGregor hung out with Drake and the rapper even came out to show him support. That was Conor’s biggest undoing. He was beaten ugly by the Russian who also beat up his trainer. Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov were eventually fined and banned for months…what a bad luck.

Sergio Aguero has also been a victim. In March, he took a picture with Drake and was quite excited about it. Weeks later, he lost an all important penalty when Mancity lost to Tottenham in the Champions League. 

Drake and Aguero

For Paul Pogba, it was a great honour to snap with the superstar drake who even held his jersey in the picture, four days later, Manchester United was sent packing out of the FA Cup by lowly rated Wolverhampton. 

Paul Pogba and Manchester United has their own fair share of the Drake Curse

African star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also fallen deep on the Drake-Curse. On April 2nd, he met with the Canadian rapper after his sold out performance at the o2 Arena.

Aubameyang during his infliction of the Drake Curse

Aubameyang even gifted Drake his jersey. Four days later, Arsenal lost to Everton at the Goddison Park. The Gunners also kissed their top four chance goodbye. 

Layvin Kurzawa also got initiated

Poor Layvin Kurzawa, a French defender innocently posed with Drake in April. A few days later, his club, PSG suffered their biggest defeat in 19 years, a 5-1 loss to Lille.

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English player, Jason Sancho also met with Drake in March at the Manchester Arena.

Poor Jason Sancho wasn’t left out

Weeks later, his club, Borussia Dortmund were hammered 5-0 by Bayern Munich.

To be on a safe side, AS Roma swiftly banned all its players from taking pictures with Drake.

…if only Joshua had known!


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