November 29, 2022

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Heavyweight title rematch: Anthony Joshua laments after defeat to Oleksandr Usyk

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Amid tears rolling down his cheeks, Anthony Joshua mentioned it was actually laborious for him to say he was happy with himself after his heavyweight boxing bout loss to Ukrainia’s Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night time.

“It’s actually, actually laborious for me to say I’m happy with myself. I’m upset, actually, deep down in my coronary heart.

“I attempted a distinct fashion … within the final combat I wished to compete as a boxer, nevertheless it wasn’t ok, and tonight wasn’t ok.”

He has nonetheless expressed that he has the “starvation” to combat once more and plans to return to the ring in December following a second straight loss to Oleksandr Usyk, the Briton mentioned on Sunday.

Usyk retained his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles with a split-decision win over Joshua, who fared higher within the rematch however proved unable to dethrone the champion in an absorbing 12-round contest in Jeddah on Saturday.

Joshua mentioned he has spoken to his promoter Eddie Hearn, who needs the British heavyweight boxer to have three or 4 fights subsequent yr.

“I spoke to Eddie and requested him if it’s potential to get out in November as a result of momentum is vital in boxing. Eddie mentioned December,” Joshua mentioned.

“If it’s about who I combat, it’s come one, come all. Whoever needs it may well get it, I don’t thoughts.”

Joshua fought again tears after the bout as he mirrored on his defeat, saying he was deeply “upset” together with his efficiency in opposition to the Ukrainian heavyweight champion.

“While you attempt to do issues out of your coronary heart, not everybody goes to know,” defined Joshua. “It was simply from the guts. I knew I used to be mad at myself. Not at anybody, simply myself. I used to be like I obtained to get out right here as a result of I’m mad.

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“While you’re indignant you would possibly do silly issues. Then I realised that is sport. I got here again and did the appropriate factor.”