British boxer Anthony Joshua admitted that he was “hit in the head” after being criticized for the offensive comments he made after his defeat in Mar Rojo against the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk for the world heavyweight title in Jeddah at the night of the end of week.
Usek proved his superiority over the Brit by winning the world heavyweight title with two out of three decisions to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WPO) titles. . ). Report 113-115, 115-113, 116-112.
The 35-year-old undefeated (20 wins, zero losses, 13 KOs) defeated Joshua, 32 (24 wins, 3 losses, 22 KOs) in points undefeated in London in September to claim the belts.
Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic heavyweight champion, relinquished both USIC belts and walked out of the ring, before returning moments later to deliver an erratic and insulting speech despite the presence of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. , Mohammed bin Salman. He then congratulated Usiek on his victory.
The 32-year-old’s career appears to be at a crossroads following his second straight loss to Uzek, which left him angry and emotional after the fight.
Joshua praised Usyk on Twitter as “top notch”, adding, “Yesterday I had to go to a dark place to compete for the championship belts!” He added: “I had two battles. One with Usik and one with my feelings and they both hit me.”
“I will be the first to admit that I gave up. I acted out of pure passion and passion, and when you don’t control yourself, things don’t go well.”
“I love this sport very much and I will be better from now on. With all due respect,” she said.
Retired boxer Tony Bellew, who lost to Usek, defended his countryman, saying on Twitter: “He made a mistake like everyone else on the planet, but the only difference is he did it in front of millions of fans behind TV screens. .TV”. And then he left (which is hard to do).
The Brit then defended himself: “The words came from the heart, they were harsh… You must be very strong and there is a crack in your armor tonight.”
His agent Eddie Hearn added: “You saw AJ’s reaction, he was a guy who really wanted to win, with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. I think he blew up because he lost and was devastated.”
Joshua dismissed suggestions that the loss would end his career, but admitted he couldn’t afford a third career loss.
As for his opponent Useik, the Ukrainian can now consider a title fight with another Brit, Tyson Fury, 34 (32 wins, 1 loss) and holder of the World Boxing Council (WBC), if the latter decides to return to the ring. After announcing his retirement again on August 12.
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