Following the loss of Nigerian British boxer Anthony Joshua to Oleksandr Usyk, the fighter has come out to say he is “a different animal, not a sulker”, and he will bounce back from the loss. Anthony Joshua lost his world heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk following his defeat.
Anthony Joshua Speaks of Bouncing Back Against Usyk
Anthony Joshua said he “couldn’t see in round nine” after an eye injury sustained in Saturday’s 12-round fight with the Ukrainian at North London Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn suggested his he may have suffered a broken eye socket.
Anthony Joshua said: “I can’t go back and sulk – that’s wasting time.”With this statement, it is believed the boxer will bounce back in no time. he was asked after the fight about what went wrong and said: “I couldn’t see in the ninth round, couldn’t see anything really because my eye was shut.”
“It was a good experience because, in adversity, you’ve just got to learn to control yourself, stay on top of things, so when I couldn’t see anything – it’s the first time that it’s happened in a fight.” His manager had said Joshua had given Usyk too much respect and would have to make “fundamental changes” to regain the WBA, WBO and IBF titles he lost in the fight.
The Briton has a rematch clause in his contract with Usyk, and he has confirmed he will take it. AJ also said: “When I was walking back through the tunnel, I just said to myself, ‘I’m ready to get back to the gym, I’m ready to just put that work in. “I just want to get back to the gym, get back on the grind and improve, so when I fight these good guys and see that they are hurt, I can capitalise on the opportunity.”
“This experience today is invaluable. This will have a massive benefit in the next fight,” said Joshua, pictured with his swollen eye mid-fight. Remember Tyson Fury had earlier said Joshua would not win the fight even before the fight started? Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren is now doubtful a long-awaited all-British fight with Joshua will happen after a dominant Usyk became the unified heavyweight champion.
Warren said: “I don’t see it happening now.” “If it did happen, what would Tyson have done to him? It wouldn’t have gone 12 rounds. Tyson would have destroyed him. Absolutely. The unification fight was there, such a big fight. Heartbreaking.” Warren was of the opinion that his fighter would have beaten Joshua more than Usyk had beaten him.