Tearful Joshua explains his outburst after losing again to Usyk
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Anthony Joshua broke down in tears as he spoke to the media in an emotional post-show press conference that also saw him explain why he stormed out of the ring.
On Saturday night, Joshua, 32, lost his rematch with the undefeated Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, 35 in Saudi Arabia following a split decision that ruled in favour of the latter.
With Usyk retaining his WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight titles, the ruling stopped any plans for Joshua to face Tyson Fury in their tracks, and shortly after, he exited the ring and took to the microphone to share his frustrations. Now, a post-show press conference has seen Joshua holding back tears as he shared his thoughts on the matter, explaining that his comments were ‘from the heart.’
Joshua was asked if he was proud of himself, which prompted an emotional response. “It’s hard for me to say I’m proud of myself. I don’t feel anything.” It was here where emotion took over and Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn continued to speak on behalf of his client.
While, two of the judges in the fight thought Usyk won the 12-round encounter, one of the judges was emphatic that Joshua deserved to be announced as the winner.
Usyk deservedly won the rematch in Saudi Arabia on the judges’ scorecards, although the fact it was a split decision surprised many. While one of the judges gave the Ukrainian the verdict of 115-113 and another scored it 116-112, judge Glenn Feldman scored the contest in favour of Joshua by two points (113-115). If that wasn’t shocking enough, Feldman’s scorecard also showed that he gave the British fighter the first three rounds of the contest, despite the clear consensus among boxing fans that he had lost them.
Speaking after he was declared winner, Usyk said: “I did this victory for my country, for all people defending the country. Thank you very, very much. I’m sure Fury is not retired yet. I’m sure; I’m convinced he wants to fight me. I want to fight him, and if I’m not fighting Tyson Fury, I’m not fighting at all.”
Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has insisted that his ward will fight on despite his second consecutive loss to Usyk.