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Boxing | What Anthony Joshua said in anger after rematch defeat to Usyk in Saudi Arabia


Boxing | What Anthony Joshua said in anger after rematch defeat to Usyk in Saudi Arabia
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After losing the heavyweight championship to the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua is furious.

Usyk successfully defended his heavyweight belts by defeating Joshua a second bout, and the Englishman was defeated by a split decision.

Following the fight’s conclusion, Joshua threw two of Usyk’s belts to the ground and went to change before bursting back into the ring to shake Usyk’s hand.

He then took the microphone and launched into a profanity-laced tirade about the fight, his career, giving Usyk applause, and the continuing issue in Ukraine.

Following the defeat after twelve rounds of breathtaking boxing, Joshua returned to the ring to address the crowd in an emotional speech.

The Englishman began by referencing his youth and troubles with police as he reflected on his career following the devastating defeat and applauded his competitor.

“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.’

Joshua pushed Usyk all the way and produced a largely more impressive performance in his first fight at Tottenham Hotspur stadium last year but 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.”

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