Anthony Joshua Discloses His Prime Difference With Oleksandr Usyk- ‘That’s War, That’s Murder’

Published 10/26/2021, 4:55 PM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua reacts after his fight against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua opened up briefly for the first time since his second professional loss against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 in London. Shedding light on several aspects of his career and the heavyweight division, the former champion appeared to be aiming for retribution and is ready to re-capture his lost world titles.

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He will reportedly get a re-match against Usyk in early 2022, and ‘AJ’ is not new to the particular situation. He avenged his first loss against Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019 in an immediate re-match. Anthony Joshua envisions himself repeating it once again and has highlighted the prime contrast between him and his Ukrainian rival Oleksandr Usyk.

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In a lengthy chat with IFL TV, Joshua said, “Usyk was a heavyweight from the WSB time, dropped down to cruiserweight, made the cruiserweight weight. Probably realized, he is probably smaller. He was one of the smaller heavyweights at the time and he has built himself up. So, he has seen. He has had 400 amateur fights. He has seen people that have tried to rough him up, millions of times. So to adapt just one style is silly.

“But for me, I think I have one thing in my mind. That’s war, that’s murder, that’s war. That’s scout there and hurt the guy and take his soul to the point where he wants to give up, that’s what boxing is about.”

An elite knockout artist, Anthony Joshua, has scored 22 KOs in 24 wins out of 26 professional appearances. He looked favorable to beat Usyk easily before their fight. However, ‘The Cat’ delivered a major blow to the heavyweight division by landing a shocking upset in his rival’s hometown.

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Anthony Joshua was unable to understand Oleksandr Usyk

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The heavyweight scrap for the WBO, IBF, and WBA world titles began with Usyk’s constant movement all around the ring. The same scene was retained when the final bell rang. Oleksandr Usyk used his southpaw stance brilliantly and floated comfortably, stinging Anthony Joshua from every angle. And Brit star ‘AJ’ tried to return the heat but didn’t succeed.

As the rounds went by, Usyk looked more in control. He landed sharp jabs, which caused enough damage to the champion (then).

Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Despite being the smaller fighter, Usyk looked like the better man in the ring. While Joshua could make it to the final bell, he had very little energy left. Following the 12-rounds war, Joshua looked tired and beaten in his corner. On the contrary, Usyk walked around the ring like a winner. The decision seemed clear even before it was officially declared. The judges scored the contest 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113 in favor of 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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