Anthony Joshua Handed Over Titles to Oleksandr Usyk, Claims Dillian Whyte

Published 10/26/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
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


One of the biggest boxing upsets of 2021 came in last month when Oleksandr Usyk dethroned Anthony Joshua to become the unified champ of the division. From the first bell itself, nothing worked in the Briton’s favor, and as a result, he suffered his second pro-boxing defeat.

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Post the fight, many boxing purists and fans questioned ‘AJ’s intent as he didn’t really seem in his true winning element. Dillian Whyte shed some light on Joshua’s performance in an interview with CNN.

Whyte said, “I expected a bit more from Joshua, to fight a bit more and to show a bit more pride and determination in defending his titles. He just sort of basically handed them over to Usyk, you know what I mean?” 

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“People like to say stuff to fighters when they lose: ‘You need to change your team, you need to change this, you need to change that.’ But at the same time, Joshua needs to look at himself, be honest with himself and make the changes that he needs to make mentally,” he added.

In his fight against ‘The Cat’, Joshua only got some success in a couple of rounds. However, Usyk made some adjustments and quickly began dictating the pace of the fight. As a result, his tactics seemed too much to handle for ‘AJ’.

What is Anthony Joshua doing to prepare for the Oleksandr Usyk rematch?

Joshua has officially triggered the rematch with his Ukrainian foe. On top of that, he’s in the news for his visit to different boxing gyms in America.

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Over the past few days, Joshua met the likes of bigwig coaches like Ronnie Shields and Eddy Reynoso. He hasn’t parted ways with long-time trainer Rob McCracken yet, but the ex-champ is keen to figure out what went wrong for him.

Citing that, it seems the Briton is putting in some serious efforts to prepare for the Usyk rematch. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out for the big man, Joshua.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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