• Sports - Boxing - Fixtures & Results
  • Updated: August 21, 2022

Anthony Joshua Tries To Maintain Composure Following Second Loss To Usyk

British boxer Anthony Joshua was left fuming but later regained his composure following his heavyweight championship defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Usyk had Joshua on the back foot early but the Brit courageously came forward and momentarily stopped his opponent in his tracks.

Joshua didn't have enough left in the tank to sustain the attack, and Usyk who repeatedly landed in the closing minute.

The English boxer was defeated via a split decision as Usyk defended his heavyweight belts, trumping Joshua for the second time in a row.

After the announcement of the winner, Joshua threw two of Usyk's belts on the floor and headed for the changing room, then made a sudden return to the ring to shake Usyk's hands.

It was evident his emotions were running high after losing in a 12-round of boxing then; he returned to the ring to address the crowd at Jeddah.

Joshua started his address by referring to his troubles during his youth while also reflecting on his career so far, then he congratulated his opponent.

"If you knew my story you would understand the passion.

"I ain’t no amateur boxer from five years old that was an elite prospect from youth.

"I was going to jail, I got bail and I started training my arse off, I wanted to be able to fight.

"I’m stealing this Usyk I’m sorry, but it’s because of the passion we put into this.

"This guy to beat me tonight, maybe I could have done better, but it shows the level of hard work I put in so please give him a round of applause as our heavyweight champion of the world."

The fight between the duo in Tottenham Hotspur stadium last year was massive but Joshua couldn’t find a way past his Ukrainian counterpart.

The former champion insisted he was a ‘new breed of heavyweight’ in the aftermath of defeat as he labelled Usyk as a ‘phenomenal talent’.

“I’m not a 12-round fighter, look at me, I’m a new breed of heavyweights, Mike Tyson, Sonny Liston, Jack Dempsey, ‘you don’t throw combinations like Rocky Marciano’, I’m 18 stone, I’m heavy, it’s hard work.

“This guy here is a phenomenal talent, we’re going to cheer for him three times.”

Related Topics

Join our Telegram platform to get news update Join Now
Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

More From this Author

La Liga Santander 2022/2023 TABLE

La Liga Santander
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 13 32
2 Barcelona 13 31
3 Real Sociedad 14 26
4 Atletico Madrid 14 24
5 Real Betis 14 24
Full Table

0 Comment(s)


See this post in...