Image: Anthony Joshua Poses with Drake to 'Break the Curse' Before Ruiz Jr. Loss

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 2, 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01:  Andy Ruiz Jr knocks down Anthony Joshua in the third round during their IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight title fight at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Is the Drake curse real? No, but Anthony Joshua's upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. on Saturday won't silence any believers.

Joshua posed with Drake for a picture, posted it on social media and implied to his followers that he would break the Drake curse by beating Ruiz Jr.:

Anthony Joshua @anthonyfjoshua

Bout to break the curse πŸ¦‰ #June1st https://t.co/UIh3ILUfrE

Unfortunately for Joshua, his tweet will live in infamy after Ruiz beat him by seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden.

Christian Orozco of the Los Angeles Times explained the Drake curse, which essentially means that any team or athlete he roots for is likely destined for a loss.

Recent examples include the Joshua fight, the Toronto Maple Leafs' Game 4 loss in the first round of the NHL playoffs in Drake's presence and the time he wore an Alabama sweatshirt before the Crimson Tide lost in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Of course, the Drake curse can't account for the fact that his favorite NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, made the NBA Finals and beat the Golden State Warriors in the championship opener Thursday.

Drake isn't the reason Joshua or the Maple Leafs or Alabama lost, but it doesn't matter. He'll still live in sports-curse infamy, much like John Madden, Babe Ruth or a billy goatΒ who wasn't allowed into Wrigley Field.