Anthony Joshua sorry after ‘letting himself down’ as he explains ring rant

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Anthony Joshua had admitted he "let himself down" with his post-fight ring rant after he lost his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

The Brit tweeted: "I wish @usykaa continued success in your quest for greatness. You are a class act champ. Yesterday I had to mentally take myself into a dark place to compete for the championship belts! I had two fights, one with Usyk and one with my emotions and both got the better of me.

"I’ll be the first to admit, I let myself down. I acted out of pure passion and emotion and when not controlled it ain’t great. I love this sport so so much and I’ll be better from this point on. Respect."

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Having tasted a second successive defeat to Usyk, Joshua first stormed out of the ring before returning to grab the microphone and share his thoughts to the stunned crowd.

He said: "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.

"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', cos I'm not f****** 14 stone that's why!

"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. How many belts you got now bro, five?"

After leading the crowd in a series of "hip hip hoorays", AJ went on to add: "I was studying Ukraine and all the amazing champions who have come from your amazing country bro. I've never been there – but at the same time what's happening there is – I don't know what's happening there – but it's not nice at the end of the day.

"I've seen it with Lomachenko in his second fight with Orlando, there was unrest in Ukraine – right or wrong? There was issues, there was civil war. Vitali Klitschko when he faced Danny Williams – civil unrest. Usyk, as a champion, please raise your hands [because] under those circumstances he managed to become champion.

"Champ champ! Champ champ! Champ champ! Bismillah [in the name of God]."

Joshua faced backlash for the lengthy speech, with many accusing him of stealing Usyk's moment and being disrespectful with his comments about Ukraine. He'd also thrown two of the world champion's heavyweight belts out of the ring beforehand.


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