An “Angry” Anthony Joshua Wants to “Bash Up” Oleksandr Usyk

Published 11/12/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua lost his status as a top-tier heavyweight after losing the world titles to former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in a stacked Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25. Once an unbeaten kingpin, Joshua suffered his second professional loss in the past two years. Hence, he is now at a very serious stage of his career.

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Another loss can urge him to hang up the gloves. That said, he will get his chance at Usyk once again in 2022 in a unified title rematch.

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A few days back, in interaction with iFL TV, Anthony Joshua had claimed that he would have an explosive approach against Usyk in the re-match. Now, Eddie Hearn has expressed a similar tone while talking to Bet Fred.

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The Matchroom chief said, “I say we have to go rough and rugged but he’s got to have that challenger mentality in this fight and he’s got it. Everything I hear from him tells me that he wants to win badly and bash Usyk up, which I didn’t hear any of going into the first fight. He’s angry, which is good. No decision has been made yet but I do think a change of scenery would be good for him in terms of where his training camp’s based.” (H/T:- Boxing Scene)

Despite being a knockout artist, Anthony Joshua failed to establish dominance against Oleksandr Usyk. He fell prey to the Ukranian’s southpaw defense and got outclassed.

Anthony Joshua is not unknown to rebounds

Joshua suffered a more horrific outcome in his maiden defeat against Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019. An overweight Ruiz Jr., who was shorter than AJ, shockingly stopped the mighty Brit via seventh-round KO.

It was a massive upset in the history of heavyweight boxing. But Joshua rebounded six months later and beat Ruiz Jr. to regain his world titles.

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Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Given what happened two months back, Anthony Joshua now needs to recreate what he did against ‘The Destroyer’.

That will be easier said than done, as Usyk is highly skilled and a very different kind of boxer than Andy Ruiz Jr. Thus, Joshua cannot use his resurrection against Ruiz Jr. as a blueprint. He knows this and has begun the hunt for a new trainer.

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Do you think Anthony Joshua can vanquish Oleksandr Usyk?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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