Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Tyson Fury surprisingly admitted he was upset Anthony Joshua lost his world title bout with Oleksandr Usyk – but insisted he is only focused on Deontay Wilder. Joshua lost his WBA, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian on Saturday night.
Usyk – now a two-division champion – dethroned the Brit in front of 65,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as the former undisputed cruiserweight champion comfortably outclassed Joshua.
Usyk stunned the defending champion on a number of occasions as he was simply too fast – and too good – for the 31-year-old, landing a number of impressive strikes.
Joshua experienced moments of success throughout the fight, but they were fleeting and he could not shift the momentum as Usyk overwhelmed him.
The scorecards – which read 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 – were all in favour of the challenger, and Joshua met the news of his defeat with a simple shrug of his shoulders.
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Joshua’s future is now incredibly murky, as the prospects of a highly-anticipated clash with Fury unlikely.
The Manchester-born star declared he is not going to publicly ridicule his rival despite the tough loss – and. Fury even admitted he wanted Joshua to win.
“One thing I will say while everyone is listening is: I’ve got no interest in slating anybody, or kicking anybody while they’re down,” Fury said at his press conference.
“It ain’t my style. I like to pick on someone who is doing well and on top of the game.
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“I don’t like picking on people who are down and probably at their lowest point with a big loss after such a long reign.”
Fury then added: “Usyk did his job, he had to do what he had to do. I watched it, was I absolutely wounded [Usyk] won? Yes.
“I wanted Joshua to win but he couldn’t do it and that’s not any of my business.
“[I] can’t say I’m interested because I’ve got the Bronze Bomber to deal with and then whoever’s next, we’ll deal with them just like the other 31 opponents I’ve already faced.”
If the British rivals do meet in a fight to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion, Joshua would have to defeat Usyk in their rematch – a daunting prospect given how Saturday’s bout played out.
The 33-year-old offered his compatriot some advice, saying Joshua should explode out the blocks and swing for Usyk early in the bout.
The Watford-born boxer would also then have to agree to a deal and overcome Fury, whose WBC title is on the line against Wilder next weekend.
It is now very uncertain rather that Joshua and bitter rival Fury will never meet in the unification bout that once seemed possible as both men will have to come through their immediate challenges unscathed – and Joshua has already fallen.
Fury defends his world heavyweight championship against Wilder in the third instalment of their grudge trilogy in Las Vegas on October 9.
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