Anthony Joshua was probably hoping to reach out to 60,000 people in the ring and tell them they would be coming to Tyson Fury on Saturday night. Instead, he sat in the gut of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and told dozens of journalists that he wouldn’t be “silent” after his second defeat in his professional career.
Joshua was often beaten on Saturday night as the undisputed cruiserweight champion in the world proved he had done nothing extra a few pounds to slow him down. He was quite advanced with his scorecard, dropping the last 15 seconds of the fight to the tired and injured Joshua saved by the last bell, as if to prove his points. But he couldn’t save him from the reality of the judge’s scorecard. He left the ring with a badly swollen right eye and a wounded ego.
“I can’t go back and be in a bad mood-it’s a waste of time,” Joshua said.
It was a good experience because in adversity I had to learn to control myself and keep track of things. It’s the first time it happened in a battle when I couldn’t see anything.
“Walking through the tunnel, I told myself,’I’m ready to go back to the gym. I’m ready to do the job.’
“I just want to go back to the gym and go back to the grind to improve, so when I fight these good guys and see them hurt, I can take advantage of the opportunity.”
Joshua was plagued by Usyk’s counter-punch ability and had to reduce the risk of being caught by the smooth, fast-moving Ukrainians.
Joshua added: “Today was a great lesson. We know that we can see it from a negative perspective, but for me I have to take it as a great lesson and build on that situation.
“I never tend to look at the other person. I tend to look at myself and realize what went wrong. So there isn’t much he did. It’s an opportunity I gave him. It’s not him. I’m going to go back and look at myself and correct my mistakes. “
Joshua has confirmed that the rematch clause will be valid, just as it was when Andy Ruiz Jr. was beaten in 2018.
This means that the confrontation with Tyson Fury, whose negotiations broke earlier this year, is now farther away, but Joshua argued that the defeat did not change his desire to fight the WBC champion. ..
“I will fight Tyson Fury and Wilder without a belt,” Joshua said. Fury and Wilder will have a third fight on October 9th.
“Belts are fun, it’s great, it’s a legacy-but I’ll fight anyone with or without a belt. The undisputed path [champion] It’s a good title to carry and chase, but can you see it without a belt?
“The main thing is that there are two competitive fighters in the ring who just want to go from toe to toe from the British soil.”
Frank Warren, Fury’s British promoter, said he hadn’t seen Joshua vs. Fury happening.
The date for the Joshua-Usik rematch has not yet been agreed, but Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn seems to have hinted that his man could go out again before that.
“He needs to make radical changes, he needs to be boxed in another way,” Hahn told the BBC.
“I can’t see AJ fighting 10 rounds. He puts it in the box twice a year, and maybe that’s what we have to see.
“He’s gone and all he has to do is think about Oleksandr Usyk. He thinks:” How can I beat him, how can I improve it? “He said to improve. I’m crazy about it.
“I feel there are more Anthony Joshua in the fight, but he will have to do more to win the rematch.”