What is the Drake Curse, who has fallen victim to it and is Anthony Joshua the latest?


ANTHONY JOSHUA was humiliated by Andy Ruiz Jr as the Brit suffered his first defeat of his professional boxing career.

While the Mexican fighter will no doubt take all the glory and thank Snickers for their contribution – could there have been other worldly forces at work in the bout at Madison Square Garden.

Drake has been posing for photos with various sports stars including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero – but that hasn’t been a good thing for the athletes

What is the Drake Curse?

The Drake Curse is not some plague concocted by a witch, nor a disease – it is a photo with Canadian rapper who lends his name to it.

In the past, Drake has been snapped with sports stars ahead of matches or major sporting events, before the picture goes viral on social media.

Yet, the athlete posing alongside the 32-year-old often loses shortly afterwards, with the musical artist becoming a serious bad luck charm.

Who has fallen victim to the Drake Curse?

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.

Jadon Sancho is among a host of sports stars to be defeated by the Drake Curse

The following year, it was not so much a match, but his place in the sport, as quarterback Johnny Manziel dropped out of NFL, despite being a first-round draft pick in the past.

While it appears like a few anomalies over the years, the Drake Curse has spread like wildfire in the past nine 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.

PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa will be wishing he never posed with Drake after the French side were heavily beaten by Lille
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Italian outfit Roma even joked they were putting a club ban on posing with the Canadian artist

Is Anthony Joshua the latest victim?

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.

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Bout to break the curse 🦉 #June1st

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