‘May be I could have done better,’  Anthony Joshua groans as Usyk retains title


British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, took a retrospective look at the lost bout in Saudi Arabia in his heavyweight rematch with Oleksandr Usyk  and groaned ‘may be I could have done better…’

In the fight held on Sunday at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia tagged ‘Rage on the Red Sea’, many had expected that AJ as Joshua is fondly called would defeat his opponent.

However, Usyk won the fight by a split decision to retain the heavyweight titles.

Joshua was awarded a 115-113 decision by the first judge, while Usyk got 115-113 and 116-112 by the other two judges, and the Ukrainian retains his titles.

After the bout AJ told the mammoth crowd,  “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.

“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. 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.”




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