Anthony Joshua expressed his displeasure over his defeat at the hands of Oleksandr Usyk. Watford lost his life after the Ukrainian beat him for the second time on August 20 in Saudi Arabia, and he was heavily criticized for his actions after the fight.
AJ exited the ring following the official’s decision and dropped the Ring Magazine and WBA (super) titles before returning to the squared circle to deliver an impressive speech. Many people jumped on Joshua for ‘stealing Usyk’s time’ and despite the heartfelt apology, it was still a tough watch.
Speaking about the defeat and the emotional pain it caused him, Joshua told DAZN: “You see after my last fight, I swore he broke me. I have a lot riding on it, for me, British fans, an unusual fight. He just distracted me and so, from my mental capacity, those close to me told me to relax, slowly.
“Actually I’m going to ride, I’m a fighter, I love this game and I want to compete. But, from an emotional point of view, I think people really find it makes a lot of sense. “
Joshua will return to the fighting arena in early 2023 after failing to reach a decision in the long-awaited fight against Tyson Fury. According to Eddie Hearn’s promoter, Joshua will likely return to action in January or February of next year.
Hearn confirmed that Dillian Whyte is the ‘future’. He faces Jermaine Franklin on November 26 at Wembley Arena. If Franklin manages to upset and defeat The Body Snatcher, then Hearn promises him the fight, although Otto Wallin understands that he is in the running as an opponent as well.
“I won’t know how to feel until I get back there. But the best feeling, which will be good for me, is victory,” Joshua continued.
“This feeling of losing is not good. Now I know why my son gets so angry when he loses everything. I never understood it. Even with the belt, the feeling of winning will be strange again. surprise, inside.”