Anthony Joshua goes rogue with bizarre microphone rant after losing

Anthony Joshua goes into meltdown with a bizarre microphone monologue after losing rematch on split decision to Oleksandr Usyk… storming out of the ring, throwing belts and wildly ranting

  • Anthony Joshua was left fuming following his second loss to Oleksandr Usyk
  • The Englishman was beaten on points by his Ukrainian opponent in Saudi Arabia
  • Joshua originally threw Usyk’s heavyweight belts out of the ring after the fight
  • He then returned to pick up the mic and produce an expletive-filled monologue 

Anthony Joshua is fuming following his heavyweight championship defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The Englishman lost on split decision as Usyk defended his heavyweight titles, beating Joshua for a second time.

Joshua threw two of Usyk’s belts out of the ring and onto the floor at the end and headed for his changing room before storming back to shake Usyk’s hand.

Anthony Joshua produced an expletive-filled rant following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Joshua (black shorts) congratulates Usyk (white yellow shorts) by kneeling in the ring

He then picked up the microphone and went on an expletive-filled rant, discussing the fight, his career, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and also led cheers to Usyk.

Joshua’s emotions were clearly running high following the loss after twelve rounds of stunning boxing, and he addressed the crowd inside the King Abdullah Sports City arena with one of boxing history’s most bizarre post-fight speeches.

The heavyweight fighter began by referencing his youth and troubles with police as a teenager while he reflected on his career following the devastating defeat that saw him fail to regain his championship belts from Usyk.

Joshua (black shorts) tries to land a punch on Usyk (white shorts) during their bout

Joshua held up the Ukrainian flag and referenced the ongoing war in the country afterwards

‘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,’ said Joshua.

‘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 (left) and Usyk (right) were both emotional following the end of the heavyweight bout

Joshua pushed Usyk all the way and produced a largely more impressive performance to 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’.

Joshua (right) labelled himself as a ‘new breed of heavyweight’ in his post-fight speech

AJ (left) threw some of Usyk’s championship belts out of the ring in the aftermath of defeat

‘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.’

Joshua also went on to lead the sell-out crowd through ‘three cheers for Usyk’ and also highlighted his astonishment at Ukrainian fighters being able to produce title-winning performances as war continues in their home country.

It is now expected that Joshua will take a hiatus from boxing as he works out what to do next after suffering the most crushing defeat of his career. For Oleksandr Usyk however, a unification bout with Englishman Tyson Fury now looms. 

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