Anthony Joshua suffered a unanimous factors defeat to Oleksandr Usyk on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, dropping his WBA Tremendous, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles within the course of
As Oleksandr Usyk celebrated successful their re-run of the Crimean Battle, Anthony Joshua was already plotting his revenge.
Joshua analysed footage of his damaging loss, which value him his WBA Tremendous, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, in his dressing room on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tony Bellew and Derek Chisora popped in to commiserate with him on becoming a member of them as members of the Usyk losers’ membership and gave him some pointers.
Joshua was defiant when he lastly emerged from his dressing room over two hours after his shock defeat, claiming he had began planning for the rematch.
Not like his defence towards Usyk, Joshua’s self-belief is rock stable and he insists he’ll win again his unified world title, identical to he did when he suffered his solely different loss to Andy Ruiz Junior in 2019.
“I’m not a sulker,” he mentioned bullishly. “It is a blessed alternative to have the ability to battle for the heavyweight championship of the world.
“I’m not going to go residence tonight and be crying about it as a result of that is warfare. It’s a protracted course of. This isn’t only one battle and I’m finished. I can’t return and sulk, that’s a waste of time.
“I’m going again to take a look at methods I can enhance, immediately. I’ve already seemed on the battle.
“Once I walked again by means of the tunnel, I mentioned to myself ‘I’m able to get again into the fitness center’.”
Whereas Joshua’s positivity is commendable, what was worrying was his digital denial of what occurred.
He claimed his unanimous factors defeat to Usyk was “a great expertise” and that he didn’t remorse making an attempt to beat the Ukrainian at his personal sport by outboxing the boxer.
In one other echo of the Crimean Battle, his gameplan was as ill-conceived because the notorious Cost of the Gentle Brigade and he was soundly crushed.
“It was an incredible expertise and we’ve progressed as soon as once more,” he mentioned. “You’ve bought to belief the method, good or dangerous. I can’t take a look at it and have any regrets.
“I consider I’ll get a great win within the subsequent battle due to what I did on this battle. It was an incredible lesson. I’m a fast learner and I’ll bounce again.”
Eddie Hearn struck a extra sensible tone when he mentioned he felt Usyk had bought inside Joshua’s head.
“One factor Usyk does effectively is he infiltrates your mind,” mentioned the Matchroom supremo. “You’re virtually worrying about how good he’s.
“I feel perhaps AJ gave him an excessive amount of respect, significantly within the early a part of the battle.”
Hearn is true and Joshua stood off Usyk and allowed him to dictate the tempo in entrance of the 66,000 crowd.
The southpaw repeatedly landed and was significantly efficient together with his left hook, whereas limiting Joshua to only remoted success together with his proper.
Usyk was very good at transferring out and in of the pocket and despatched Joshua staggering backwards with one other left within the seventh.
Joshua’s proper eye started to swell up in an indication of Usyk’s accuracy and he couldn’t see out of it by the ninth.
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Hearn feared Usyk would cease Joshua and he virtually did within the twelfth when he pinned the champion on the ropes and unloaded on him.
Joshua caught out his tongue in an try to point out he wasn’t harm, however he wasn’t fooling anybody.
The judges scored the competition 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 and Usyk was a two-weight world champion within the metropolis the place he received Olympic heavyweight gold in 2012.
“London actually is a fortunate metropolis for me,” he smiled.