Joshua Admits He Has ‘Learnt His Lesson’ After Usyk Defeat

British heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua leaves the arena after losing to Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk during their heavyweight boxing match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London on September 25, 2021. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

 

Anthony Joshua says he has learnt his lesson after losing his world heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk in London at the weekend.

Usyk outpointed Joshua on all three judges’ scorecards as he wrested the WBA, IBF and WBO titles away from the British boxer in front of a crowd of more than 66,000 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Joshua cut a surprisingly relaxed figure in the early hours of Sunday as he gave his initial thoughts on just the second defeat of his 26-fight professional career despite having greater height, reach and weight than his Ukrainian opponent.

In a social media post on Thursday, the 31-year-old said: “I’ve watched the fight, analysed my preparations and identified my mistakes. I’ve learnt my lesson.

“Thanks for sending love & checking in. Don’t worry about me. My spirit is strong!”

Both camps are keen to activate a rematch clause, with Usyk hoping to take on Joshua in front of his home crowd in Kiev, although Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, suggested a second fight would likely take place in Britain again on economic grounds.

Joshua’s defeat has scuppered hopes of a “Battle of Britain” unification heavyweight title clash with Tyson Fury.

Fellow British heavyweight Fury defends his WBC title when he meets Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on October 9 — the third meeting between the boxers following a split-decision draw and a victory for Fury.

“My advice to Joshua in the rematch is, get stuck in the best way he knows how, put his best foot forward and swing away, Jack, swing away,” Fury said on Wednesday.

“Was I absolutely wounded that (Usyk) won? Yes, I was. I was hoping Joshua could win the fight, but he couldn’t — and that’s none of my business.

“The only thing I’m bothered about is beating Deontay Wilder, and that’s the most dangerous heavyweight out there. In my opinion, Wilder beats Joshua, Usyk, all the rest of the division, comfortably — but he cannot beat me.”

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Joshua Faces ‘Toughest-Ever Fight’ Against Usyk, Warns Hearn

 

Anthony Joshua could face his “toughest-ever fight” when he defends the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk in London on Saturday, the British boxer’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said.

Joshua, 31, has height and reach advantages and will almost certainly be heavier at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but Hearn said he was nervous ahead of the bout.

“This is probably AJ’s toughest-ever fight and I think he’s going to prove to the world how good he is,” Hearn told the PA news agency. “He’s ready for this fight but it’s the ultimate challenge with someone that’s very strong mentally.

“Mentally it will be draining (for Joshua) because he’s going to have to think a lot, there will be a lot of feints from both men and reactions are going to be key.

“I just can’t wait to watch it unfold. It’s a real, real high-end heavyweight fight. (Usyk is) going to be a tough, tough nut to crack. AJ’s got to break him down, beat him up and hopefully take him out.”

Usyk, 34, a former undisputed cruiserweight world champion, won heavyweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics while Joshua triumphed in the super-heavyweight division.

Despite the stiff test offered by Usyk, Hearn has been impressed by Joshua’s confident demeanour in the build-up the fight, expected to draw a crowd of more than 60,000.

“I’ve never seen him so assured about a fight, which is ironic because technically this is his toughest fight,” said the promoter. “He knows how tough this fight is, he wants to prove to the world that he’s the best heavyweight in the world.”

Joshua is taking on his WBO mandatory challenger after a potential bout with Tyson Fury, the British WBC champion, fell through.

It was announced on Tuesday that Joshua had signed a “career-long” promotional deal with Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing organisation.

Joshua’s career has been overseen by Hearn since he turned professional eight years ago and although the Usyk fight was understood to be the last on the existing contract, the two parties have come to a new arrangement.

“We’ve never had one argument, we’ve never had one dispute, in eight brilliant years,” said Hearn. “So if it’s not broke then don’t fix it and we’re very proud that he’s extended his contract with us for the rest of his career.”

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‘I’m Ready’: Anthony Joshua Eager For Fury Showdown

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 14, 2020 shows Boxer Tyson Fury (L) during a press conference in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2020. (Photos by RINGO CHIU and FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

 

Anthony Joshua has set his sights on a world heavyweight title showdown with fellow Briton Tyson Fury in June after revealing on Tuesday that he is ‘keen’ for the fight to take place.

Joshua was criticised by WBC champion Fury for not showing enough commitment to the contest after successfully defending his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts against Kubrat Pulev earlier in December.

But the 31-year-old has confirmed talks are underway over the eagerly-anticipated fight.

“I’m ready, I’m keen. The next fight I want is Tyson Fury, for the undisputed championship of the world,” Joshua told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.

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“I’m having direct conversations now with my management team looking at the best way to put a package together for 2021 and hopefully it will be done.”

Joshua has no intention of backing down from the Fury clash, although hurdles in the way of the super-fight include his WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk and another possible meeting between Fury and Deontay Wilder.

Asked when and where he expected the fight to take place, he added: “I think maybe June. It needs a bit of time. I promise you conversations and face-to-face meetings are happening with representatives of my team and Tyson Fury’s team.

“The possibilities of it being in this country are down to the pandemic and how that shapes. For me I am not too fussed where it is. I just want the fight.”

TRENDING: Anthony Joshua Applies For Nigeria’s National ID Card

 

The picture of heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, applying for his National Identification card has generated mixed reactions on social media.

The professional boxer was recently at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) office in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for the registration.

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The pictures were shared by NIMC of their official Twitter handle with the caption, “Anthony Joshua enrolls for the National Identification Number and issued his NIN slip.”

In reaction to the post, many Nigerians were quick to lodge their complaints that since they applied, they were yet to get their NIN number. They opined that Nigerians should be treated equally despite the status.

Some others in their reactions explained how they got their NIN immediately after they enrolled.

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Joshua is known for his deep connection to his roots. He recently presented his IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO titles to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The 30-year-old celebrated his victories with the President when the Nigerian leader met with some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom.

Excited Joshua also prostrated to pay homage to President Buhari, in line with the tradition of the Yoruba cultural group.

WBA Orders Joshua To Defend Title Against Ortiz

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British boxer Anthony Joshua has been ordered by the World Boxing Association (WBA) to defend his title against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz.

The WBA says Joshua and Ortiz have 30 days from August 3 to agree the fight.

The 27-year-old had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch before the Ukrainian retired on Thursday.

Joshua has also been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before December 2 or risk losing his belt.

Joshua To Face Klitschko In Rematch

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Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua’s proposed rematch with Wladimir Klitschko “is happening” in his next fight.

Joshua is set to face Klitschko for a second time after his thrilling victory at Wembley Stadium in April, with a number of venues being considered to stage the heavyweight world title fight.

Klitschko will meet manager, Bernd Boente this week and is expected to agree on another fight with Joshua, who holds the WBA ‘Super’ and IBF titles.

Manny Pacquiao Wins WBO Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao, WBO Welterweight TitleFilipino professional boxer, Manny Pacquiao, has returned to the ring to claim the WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old had announced his retirement after beating Timothy Bradley in April.

After quitting boxing, he won an election to the Senate in the Philippines.

The former eight-division world champion, however, recorded a unanimous decision on Sunday, November 6 over champion Jessie Vargas.

The judges scored the bout 114-113, 118-109 and 118-109 in his favour.

American former professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather (Jr.), who had a ringside seat, described the Filipino’s performance as “Not bad”.

Mayweather had beaten Pacquiao to become the undisputed welterweight champion in May 2015 in a bout tagged “the fight of the century”.

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Tyson Emerges Heavyweight Champion, Klitschko Demands Rematch

Klitshchko--FuryTyson Fury is the new Heavyweight Champion of the world after he stunned Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in Germany.

Undefeated Fury, who improved his record to 25-0 and now has the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts, was never troubled by the 39-year-old Ukrainian who suffered his first loss in 11 years.

Fury, changing between southpaw and orthodox stance, kept chipping away at Klitschko’s defences with his combinations, and by the eighth round the Champion was bleeding from a cheek wound.

He then landed a bruising left uppercut in the ninth that wounded Klitschko’s right eye.

Sensing the title slipping away, Klitschko threw everything he had in the final round for a knockout, but ended up losing on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

Meanwhile, Klitschko is already demanding for a rematch.

The fight had been preceded with some tough talk by Fury, but he showed humility after snatching the Champion’s four titles.

He said his rise to become Heavyweight Champion was not easy and despite being undefeated so far in his career, he was constantly written off.

Manny Pacquiao Returns To Manila

pacquiaoManny Pacquiao has returned to his home town (Manila) on Wednesday, following the defeat by Floyd Mayweather in their world Welterweight super-fight on May 2.

Pacquiao said, “I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement,”.

“I’m not saying I am going to retire, but it’s near. I’m already 36, turning 37 this December,” he said.

Despite an unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a six-weight world champion, was welcomed back to the Philippines by fans as he paraded through the streets of Manila on the back of a truck.

Pacquiao, who is also a Congressman in his home country, had his arm supported by a sling, following surgery on his injured shoulder – a problem he said had hampered him during the fight with Mayweather.

The new figures released by American networks Showtime and HBO said the fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys with 4.4million purchases of the fight in the United States alone.

That generated $400m (£254m) in domestic sales while total revenue is expected to exceed $500m (£318m).

Following the fight, the undefeated American (Mayweather) called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and has ruled out a rematch, but Pacquiao, who is facing a Nevada law suit after being accused of failing to announce his injury prior to the bout, said he would consider fighting again.

“I (would) like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family,” he said.

Pacquiao also said he had accepted his defeat by Mayweather, adding that after reviewing the fight on video, he still believed he won by a slim margin.

“I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it,”.

Mayweather Beats Pacquiao In Fight Of The Century

MayweatherFloyd Mayweather (Jr) beat Manny Pacquiao on points in their welterweight face-off in Las Vegas, United States of America (USA) on Saturday night.

The American had to use all his skills and a telling reach advantage to remain undefeated after 48 professional bouts.

He won the “Fight of the Century” by 116-112 on two cards and 118-110 on the third, proving himself to be the world’s best boxer of his era.

“When the history books are written, it was worth the wait,” Mayweather said in the ring after a four-belt unification bout that was more than five years in the making.

He is now the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight champion.

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Mayweather opened the scoring with a couple of rights to win the opening round, using his reach advantage well.

This prompted Pacquiao to try to force the pace from the second and by the third, the spectators were getting their money’s worth.

“Manny Pacquiao is a hell of a fighter, I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” the 38-year-old Mayweather said after an emotional embrace with Pacquiao. “I’m a smart fighter, I outboxed him.

“We knew what we had to do. He’s a tough competitor… a very awkward fighter and I had to take my time and watch him closely.”

Pacquiao, on the other hand, stunned Mayweather with a telling left in the fourth, forcing the American to cover up.

The Filipino said after the fight that he thought he had won it but not many observers agreed.Boxing: Mayweather vs Pacquiao

Both boxers had their moments as the fight turned into everything the experts had predicted.

The fight between the duo, however, was one that appeared never to happen as Pacquiao resisted Mayweather’s demands for blood-testing for five years.